We have “eradication” targets for polio, “elimination” targets for malaria, and “generation-free” targets for HIV/AIDS, but for a disease that kills more children under five than all three combined, we have…well…very little - Carolyn S. Miles


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Pneumonia: The Silent Killer

Pneumonia kills more children than any other infectious disease. Globally, close to 1 million under five children die from this preventable disease every year – the equivalent of more than 2,500 dying every day. That’s more than the death tolls of diarrhoea, malaria and HIV combined for this age group. Yet you will hear of no global campaign or cause to end pneumonia.

A global burden

Unlike tropical diseases such as malaria, dengue or yellow fever, pneumonia’s footprint is global. Almost half a billion cases of pneumonia are recorded every year around the world, with a high concentration among children and the elderly, the age groups that are most vulnerable…

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