15 Nov Race for improved vaccines in battle against pneumonia
Little Naomi Mbuchi could easily have become one of the 5,000 children who die of pneumonia globally every day when she came down with the disease recently. But 18-month-old Naomi was lucky. She was admitted to the Kilifi District Hospital just in time for diagnosis and treatment, saving her life.
PCV-10, which was licensed in 2000, has since been widely available in the West and in South Africa. In 2009, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation donated the vaccine to the Gambia and Rwanda, resulting in a significant reductio in pneumococcal diseases among children.