Every child’s right to survive

A 2020 agenda to end pneumonia deaths

Sumaiya developed a high fever on the 16th day of her birth, and she was taken to Patukhali Sadar Hospital the next day in Bangladesh. She returned home after 8 days of treatment in the hospital.


The number of deaths among children under the age of 5 has decreased by half since 1990. In 2018, an estimated 802,000 children under-five died of pneumonia. Of those, 153,000 (19 per cent) died within their first month of life. This brief report – published jointly by UNICEF, Save the Children, and Every Breath Counts – presents the causes of pneumonia, the ways to prevent and treat it, and the resources needed to end pneumonia-related deaths. With only a decade left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 3 targets, the report is a stark reminder for stakeholders that resources must be directed to where the impact will be the greatest in reducing child mortality.

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