21 Feb Kenya, 16 February: Pneumococcal vaccine formally introduced to the country’s routine immunization programme for children
Pamela Sittoni and Kun Li, UNICEF
NAIROBI, Kenya, 16 February 2011 – Eleven years ago, Tabitha lost her oldest child to pneumonia – a disease that kills 30,000 young lives in Kenya every year.
“When I took him to the doctors, that’s when I discovered it was pneumonia,” recalled Tabitha. “The child was sweating a lot, having shocks, coughing. It was like that his whole body was being pierced by something. He was admitted for one month, when one month was about to end, he died.”