PARIS, (PR) .- Pneumonia kills nearly 11 million children under five in 2030, experts warned at www.rte.ie. Comedian Stan Lee, who died at the age of 95, is also reportedly dying of pneumonia.
November 12 is the day of the world's tire; a global day aimed at raising awareness of one of the world's largest infectious killers. In developed countries, serious lung infections affect mainly the elderly. In developing countries, however, children bear the burden because hundreds of thousands of people die each year because of diseases that can easily be avoided.
More than 880,000 children – especially younger than 2 years – died of pneumonia only in 2016. A new analysis by Johns Hopkins University and the Save the Children group predicted on the current trend that at the end of the next decade this disease would be subject to more than 10,800 000 toddler.
In addition, some countries are ready to bear the greatest burden, with 1.7 million children dying in Nigeria and India, 700,000 in Pakistan and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
But there is good news. The study found that increasing the current coverage by vaccinating with cheap antibiotics and ensuring good nutrition for children could save a total of 4.1 million people.
Pneumonia, an infectious lung infection that can be transmitted by viral or bacterial infections, can be treated if it is caught early enough and the patient's immune system is not disturbed.
Worldwide, however, this infection attacks young people who are often weaker because of malnutrition, killing more children each year than malaria, diarrhea and measles. "It is believed that nearly one million children die each year, because diseases that are actually with our knowledge and resources can be defeated," said Kevin Watkins, CEO of Save the Children.
"There is no pink ribbon, a global summit, or a cautionary march for pneumonia, but everyone who cares about justice for children and their access to important health services, this forgotten killer must become our attention."
The Watkins Group, which runs health programs in some of the countries most affected by the disease, has called for prices for pneumonia vaccines, which are currently "significantly reduced". 2030 is the target date of the United Nations' Sustainable Development goals, which includes a commitment to "end child mortality that can be prevented" by the end of the next decade.