UN agencies and partners say simple actions can curb child pneumonia deaths

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For a future without illnesses to worry about, UNICEF makes a strong stand. Photo credit: Julien Harneis

Although pneumonia deaths are preventable, more than a million children still die from the disease each year, according to experts in child welfare and global health.

The GAVI Alliance, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) say pneumonia is responsible for nearly one-fifth of child deaths globally.

This Tuesday, 12 November, is World Pneumonia Day and the three organizations are highlighting simple ways to help curb these deaths.

In addition to treatment, they recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months and continued breastfeeding complimented by nutritious solid foods up to age two; vaccination against illnesses such as whooping cough and measles; safe drinking water, sanitation and handwashing facilities, and improved cooking stoves to reduce indoor air pollution.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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