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Action plan aims to prevent 5.3 million children dying from pneumonia by 2015

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 04 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4548
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    Only half (54%) of children in developing countries who get pneumonia see a qualified health worker, and less than a fifth (19%) are treated with antibiotics, a new report claims.

    An action plan developed jointly by the World Health Organization and Unicef, which produced the report, has identified a package of interventions that the organisations say would prevent most deaths from pneumonia among children if they were implemented on a broad scale and reached the most vulnerable groups.

    Ann Veneman, executive director of Unicef, said that pneumonia is the biggest killer of children aged under 5 years, with about 1.8 million deaths each year. She …

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