Why the World is Losing More Than 1 Million Children to Pneumonia Every Year
by: Leith Greenslade, Co-Chair, Child Health, MDG Health Alliance
Revolution, transformation, breakthrough, modernization, ingenuity, inspiration, invention, a.k.a. innovation.
This is what is so desperately needed to fight the leading killer of children under five and what we have been lacking for more than a decade. The last great innovation in childhood pneumonia was the introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in the United States in 2000. Since then, nothing much has changed in the way we prevent, diagnose and treat childhood pneumonia and this is one of the major reasons more than one million children are dying from pneumonia each year and the world is so off-track to achieve Millennium Development Goal 4. Without a revolution in the way we respond to childhood pneumonia and particularly in those parts of the world where deaths are concentrated, we cannot fundamentally advance the health of the world’s children.