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Paris – By the end of the coming decade, millions of small children risk dying from pneumonia, according to a study. Based on current trends, more than 10.8 million children under five years are likely to die from the actual contagious communicable disease by 2030, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Save the Children Charity, which is today's World Anti-Doping Day Pneumonia was published .
While in developed countries, elderly people mostly develop pneumonia, in developing countries, they are the most children. By 2016, more than 880,000 children, most under two years, died of the disease, according to the study.
Based on previous figures, some African and South Asian countries are likely to be among the worst affected countries. Nigeria and India, for example, expect 1.7 million deaths from pneumonia in small children, 700,000 in Pakistan and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At the same time, the authors of the study stressed that many deaths could be prevented by relatively simple measures. For example, better vaccination, cheap antibiotics and good nutrition for children can save 4.1 million lives.
Kevin Watkins, Chief of Save the Children, warned that prices for existing vaccines against pneumonia would be "dramatically reduced".
Every year more children die from pneumonia all over the world than from malaria, diarrhea and measles together. The UN's sustainable development target by 2030 also includes an "end of childbirth deaths". © AFP / aerzteblatt.de