26 Nov Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia welcomes UK commitment to fight respiratory illnesses
Last week, the UK Government pledged £31 million to help prevent millions of people dying each year from illnesses caused by cooking over coal, wood, dung or biomass cook stoves.
Baroness Northover, the UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, announced that the UK is to support the development of the private sector to help create a commercially sustainable global marketplace for clean, efficient and affordable cooking devices. This could help prevent people developing cancer and respiratory illnesses, such as pneumonia.
In its recently published new guidelines on indoor air quality, the World Health Organization estimated that each year 4.3 million people die from illnesses caused by exposure to household air pollution. Pneumonia alone accounts for one in six of preventable deaths in children under the age of five, who are particularly at risk.
The announcement comes one week after the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia marked World Pneumonia Day (12 November), coordinating global activities in its fight against this deadly infectious disease. The coalition welcomes this commitment from the UK Government, and hopes that it encourages others to join the fight.
More information can be found on the UK Government website.