More Effort Needed To Save Children From Preventable, Treatable Pneumonia, Report Says
The Guardian: Gasping for breath: pneumonia’s deadly toll among the hungry children of Kenya
“…Pneumonia kills two children under five every minute, or almost one million a year worldwide: more than malaria, diarrhea, and measles combined, according to research published by Save the Children on Thursday. Yet it can be treated with antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, costing as little as 30p. The report, Fighting for Breath, shows that fewer than 60 percent of health facilities in Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Mauritania have amoxicillin available. In Uganda and Nepal, the figure falls to a quarter of facilities. The charity is calling for cheaper vaccines and action plans by governments to ensure universal access to health care…” (McVeigh, 11/2).