A Call for Action on “Forgotten Epidemic”

Fed up that pneumonia—curable and highly preventable—kills a child every 39 seconds, a collection of 6 health agencies issued a joint call for governments to act.
Last year, 800,000 children died from pneumonia. Yet despite causing 15% of deaths in children under 5, it draws just 3% of global infectious disease research spending.
The agencies, including Save the Children and UNICEF, urge worst-affected governments to implement pneumonia control strategies and improve primary health care. Wealthier countries can boost immunization coverage and invest in R&D.

On the horizon: the Global Forum on Childhood Pneumonia in Spain in January.

UNICEF (press release)

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