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57: In the developing world (excluding China), 57 percent of children with pneumonia are taken to an appropriate health-care provider

Millennium Development Goal 4: Reduce child mortality.
Target: Reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate. 

Prompt treatment with effective antibiotics is critical for reducing deaths from pneumonia. Yet, only about half of children (57 per cent) with pneumonia in the developing world (excluding China) are taken to an appropriate health-care provider.

The highest levels of care-seeking behaviour for pneumonia are found in the Middle East and North Africa (68 per cent), East Asia and the Pacific (excluding China, 65 per cent) and South Asia (63 per cent), while sub-Saharan Africa lags behind at 40 per cent. 

UNICEF global databases, 2008

Reference: http://www.childinfo.org/pneumonia_progress.php





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