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11 November 2010

Pneumonia, the ‘silent’ killer

Approximately two million children die from pneumonia each year, accounting for almost 1 out of 5 children under 5 deaths worldwide.

Approximately two million children die from pneumonia each year, accounting for almost 1 out of 5 children under 5 deaths worldwide. We can already prevent pneumonia through vaccines, better nutrition and reducing risk factors. This year will mark the world’s second world pneumonia day on November 12 2010.

At a meeting held on Friday October 22nd 2010, we will provide an update on developments regarding increased access to immunisation in helping to achieve the (MDG no.4) Millennium Development Goal of ‘reducing childhood mortality caused by Pneumococcal disease by two-thirds by 2015.’

 
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