Call to Step Up Fight Against Pneumonia in Africa

Our progress in the fight against pneumonia remains inadequate. Deaths from measles, AIDS, malaria and diarrhea, the other four main causes of child mortality, are all being reduced at a faster rate. Progress has been slowest in sub-Saharan Africa, which is the cause of greatest concern, writes Keith Klugman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in a column to mark  World Pneumonia Day.



  • Africa:  Act Now to End Pneumonia

    allAfrica, 12 November 2017

    The numbers of children who die of pneumonia each year is staggering. In 2015, a child under five died every two minutes – 920,000 in all – and pneumonia is the leading… Read more »

  • Kenya:  Gasping for Breath - Pneumonia's Deadly Toll

    Bhekisisa, 10 November 2017

    A disease that claims the lives of two children under five a minute worldwide has hit drought-stricken Kenya hard, its spread driven by malnutrition. Read more »

  • Africa:  The Addis Declaration On Immunization

    African Union, 26 February 2017

    We, African Ministers of Health, Finance, Education, Social Affairs, Local Governments attending the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa, which took place from 24 to… Read more »

For millions of children, breathing is made extremely difficult due to one disease: pneumonia.

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