15 Nov Health Advocates Say Pneumonia Preventable
The global health organization that works to combat pneumonia in children says the lung disease is the single leading killer of young children in the world, more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia says pneumococcal pneumonia kills 4,000 children each month, mostly in developing countries. Health organizations and advocacy groups recognized November 12 as World Pneumonia Day to raise awareness about the killer disease.
After vaccinating children in Rwanda and Gambia, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have selected 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia to distribute the pneumonia vaccine.