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PARIS – In the next 10 years, millions of children are at risk of dying of pneumonia, the researchers said. Johns Hopkins University and the Save the Children charity said that with the current trend, 10.8 million children under the age of five could die from a truly preventable epidemic by 2030. This is the World Anti-Doping Day pneumonia announced.
Most elderly people in the developed world are suffering from pneumonia, but they are mostly children in developing countries. According to the study, in 2016, more than 880,000 children under 2 died of the disease.
Based on previous figures, some countries in Africa and South Asia will be among the worst affected countries. For example, Nigeria and India have killed 1.7 million children with childhood pneumonia, 700,000 people in Pakistan and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
At the same time, the authors of the study emphasized that it is possible to prevent many deaths in a relatively simple way. For example, if the vaccination coverage is wide, antibiotics are inexpensive, and the child's nutritional status is good, 4.1 million people may die.
Kevin Watkins, director of Save the Children, warned that the price of existing pneumococcal vaccines should be "dramatically" lowered.
Every year globally, children die of pneumonia rather than malaria, diarrhea and measles. Until 2030, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals include the "End of preventable child mortality". © AFP / aerzteblatt.de