Produced by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Recent estimates from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) show that pneumonia continues to be the number one killer of children around the world – causing 18% of all child mortality, an estimated 1.3 million child deaths in 2011 alone. The majority of pneumonia cases are both preventable and treatable.
IVAC’s annual 2012 Pneumonia Progress Report examines data on several key pneumonia child health interventions – exclusive breastfeeding, access to a health care facility, antibiotic treatment, and vaccination against pneumonia’s four leading causes – in the 15 countries with the most child pneumonia deaths.
The Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP), issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in 2009, reported that child pneumonia deaths could be reduced by two-thirds if these interventions were scaled up to reach 90 percent coverage targets.
More targeted and effective work is needed to scale up life-saving interventions if we are to successfully combat the world’s leading killer of young children.
Download the complete 2012 Pneumonia Progress Report (PDF).
View the 2010 Pneumonia Report Card (PDF) here.