Every year, pneumonia claims the lives of more than 800,000 children under the age of five worldwide. In Nigeria, the disease was responsible for an estimated 162,000 child deaths in 2018 alone – the highest number in the world.
Pneumonia is easily preventable with access to vaccines, and readily treatable with low-cost antibiotics. Strong primary health care, with access to health workers with the right diagnostic tools and training, is crucial to both preventing and treating pneumonia.
Above, January 2020: Mothers wait to have their children vaccinated at a health clinic in Yola, in northeastern Nigeria.