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Pneumonia in 2030 may have cost the lives of 11 million children

The Lungs will kill almost 11 million children under 5 years by 2030, if current movements continue, experts on the occasion of World Day dedicated to this lung infection have been warned.

Out of total 10.8 million deaths are expected, 1.7 million could be registered only in two countries, in Nigeria and India, according to projections of Johns Hopkins University in the United States and non-governmental organizations Save the Children.

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700,000 children could die of this illness in Pakistan and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Pneumonia is a acute respiratory infection which affects the lungs. According to the words The World Health Organization, is the first infectious cause of mortality in children and causes 15% of deaths in children under 5 years of age.

WHO estimates this 922,000 children under 5 years of age died of lungs in 2015 In the World This disease can be caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi.

"Prevention is possible thanks to vaccination, satisfactory nutritional status and environmental factors improvement," says WHO.

According to the study, 4.1 million children can be saved by applying these measures: to increase the coverage of global vaccination, to provide access to antibiotics and to improve feeding children more exposed to that risk.

"It's amazing that almost a million children die every year because of a disease that we still have the ability to overcome," said Kevin Watkins, the head of Save the Children, calling for a drastic reduction vaccine prices.

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