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Fact of the week



1 in 5: Nearly 1 in 5 child deaths globally are as a result of pneumonia

Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality

Target: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate 

Pneumonia kills more children than any other illness -- more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. Approximately 2 million children under five die from the disease each year, accounting for nearly one in five child deaths globally.

Source: Child Health Epidemiology Resources Group (CHERG), with additional data from UNICEF 

These figures, however, do not include deaths due to pneumonia during the neonatal period. It is estimated that 26 per cent of neonatal deaths, and 10 per cent of under-five deaths, are caused by severe infections. And a large proportion of these infections are caused by sepsis/pneumonia. If these deaths were added to the overall estimate, pneumonia could account for up to 3 million, or as many as one-third (29 per cent) of under-five deaths worldwide.

Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/pneumonia.html



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