Controlling childhood pneumonia requires an integrated package of interventions to protect, prevent, and treat the disease, as outlined in WHO and UNICEF’s 2009 Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP) report. Fortunately, many of the interventions targeted at pneumonia also help control other childhood diseases, such as diarrhea, and should be part of a comprehensive approach to child survival.
* WHO World Health Statistics 2012. Global Health Indicators.
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Pneumonia is one of the most solvable problems in global health. We have the safe, effective and affordable tools necessary to help prevent children from contracting pneumonia and to treat those suffering with this illness. See how!
To advance progress, we must continue to scale up interventions that we know will save children’s lives, including continued access to vaccines, proper antibiotic treatment, improved sanitation, as well as the promotion of practices such as braestfeeding, frequent hand washing, care seeking, and the use of clean cookstoves to reduce indoor air pollution. See the infographic!