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Fact of the week



1 of 5: The proportion of caregivers recognizing the 2 key symptoms of pneumonia

Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality
Target: Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five

Recognizing the symptoms of pneumonia is the first step in reducing deaths among children under five. Caregivers play a critical role in recognizing pneumonia’s symptoms and immediately seeking appropriate care for their sick children. Indeed, it is critical that caregivers understand the importance of this disease and the risk it poses to their children’s health.

Yet, even though pneumonia is the leading killer of children in the developing world, only 1 of every 5 caregivers knows the two tell-tale symptoms of pneumonia: fast breathing and difficult breathing. MICS provide information on caregivers’ knowledge of pneumonia’s symptoms, and results from 33 surveys show that these common symptoms of pneumonia are not widely recognized.

Source: UNICEF& WHO, Pneumonia: The Forgotten Killer of Children, New York, 2006.



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