11 million children under five years will die of pneumonia in 2030, according to a study.
More than 880,000 children – mostly under two years – died of pneumonia only 2016.
Based on forecasts for today's trends, more than 10.8 million children under five years will die of the disease over the next twelve years. The study was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA and the Redd Barna relief organization.
It is generally only the older population in developed countries affected by the disease. In less developed countries most children are affected. Among the countries that will be affected are Nigeria and India, where 1.7 million children will die from the disease, according to the study. 700 000 children die in Pakistan and 635 000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the study.
The researchers also concluded that 4.1 million children can be rescued if the vaccination program has been intensified and more people have access to antibiotics.