Pneumonia is the world’s leading infectious cause of death in children. Though the illness is preventable, nearly 1 million girls and boys die from pneumonia every year – more than malaria, HIV/AIDS and measles combined.
Save the Children is working to develop programs that prevent and treat pneumonia in children worldwide; support research and influence policy regarding the illness; and ultimately, save countless young lives from this tragic – and largely overlooked – illness.
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Where We Work
Save the Children works to expand childhood immunization efforts around the world, particularly in areas that have low immunization coverage.
- Bangladesh: Pneumonia is a major cause of death for children under age 5 in Bangladesh, and half of children with pneumonia receive treatment from local drug shops and informal providers, known as village doctors. Save the Children increased the quality and utilization of life-saving treatments for sick children by strengthening community-level facilities and engaging informal providers to increase access to quality services where public facilities are not available.
- South Sudan: We established a program to improve assessment and classification of fast breathing by illiterate community health workers through counting beads. This low-cost approach was replicated by UNICEF, IRC and the Malaria Consortium for programs in similar settings.
- Mozambique: Save the Children and the Malaria Consortium are implementing the Rapid Access Expansion 2015 Program in four provinces. The program’s goal is to reduce mortality and morbidity among children under age 5 by increasing access to and the quality of child health services, including pneumonia treatment.
How You Can Help
The fight against pneumonia is ongoing and rife with challenge in terms of raising awareness and keeping this illness in the spotlight. With your donation we will:
- Develop programs that protect, prevent and treat pneumonia in children worldwide.
- Support research and influence policy regarding pneumonia.
- Save countless young lives from a preventable disease.
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World Pneumonia Day
In recognition of World Pneumonia Day, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hosted a panel of experts, including our President & CEO Carolyn Miles, who spoke about pneumonia as the #1 killer of children under 5.
"Pneumonia kills more children under age 5 in the developing world than any other infectious disease...yet it is preventable and treatable. We're grateful to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for bringing together the organizations, partners and clinicians who are working every day to ensure children are properly diagnosed and treated. This is our call to action – to save the lives of children who are dying needlessly." —Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children
But they did more than speak. These thought leaders also generated a call to action to fund the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia — and reduce preventable deaths of children under 5 by 2030.