Hygiene, Vaccines Can Stop World's Greatest Child Killer

// Africa | Hygiene, Vaccines Can Stop World's Greatest Child Killer
Email to a friend Plain text Print version // Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font

Washington — How to save children's lives from pneumonia will be getting a lot of attention on World Pneumonia Day (WPD) November 12.

The Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia, a partnership of more than 140 government, international and philanthropic organizations, sponsors WPD to raise awareness that pneumonia is the top killer of children under age 5 worldwide. With 99 percent of the deaths occurring in the developing world, 1.3 million young children died from pneumonia in 2011.

The disease is both preventable and treatable. WPD, first observed in 2009, is an attempt to broadcast the importance of protecting children from developing pneumonia by obtaining accurate diagnoses and proper medications to save young lives.

Scaling up access to vaccines is one of the key strategies for quashing pneumococcal disease, the leading cause of deadly pneumonia, and that effort has made significant progress in recent years. The Republic of Congo is one of the most recent nations to add the pneumococcal vaccine to its expanded immunization program, which is expected to reach more than 164,000 children between the ages of 1 and 2 by the end of this calendar year.

UNICEF reports that Congo is the 15th sub-Saharan African country to add the pneumococcal vaccination to its standard bundle of childhood inoculations. But UNICEF's Congo representative, Marianne Flach, said parents have to make sure the immunization regimen is followed.

"It is essential that each parent and community make sure that all the children between the age of 2 and 11 months are vaccinated," said Flach.

Immunizations are important, but preventive steps are also recommended by the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia. They include:

• Maternal breast feeding.

• Hand washing with clean water.

• Environmental sanitation.

• Vitamin A supplements.

• Eliminating household air pollution, especially smoke from unsafe cook stoves.

The Global Coalition Against Pneumonia asserts that pneumonia control must be accelerated if the world is to reach the United Nations' Millennium Development Goal of reducing mortality of children under age 5 by two-thirds by 2015.

Pneumonia is also a great economic burden for families, communities and governments, the coalition says. Greater disease prevention efforts could help avoid the costs of treatment and other costs that can occur due to family illness by $51 billion, according to the coalition.

U.S. organizations that are members of the coalition include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves; the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Tagged : No tags for this article

Headlines Newsview all

US, Canada Condemn Kaduna Bombings

As critiscisms continued to greet Wednesday’s twin bombings in Kaduna metropolis, an Improvised Explosive Device went off at the New Road Motor Park in Kano ... Full story

Nigeria's Nkechi Opara wins first medal in women’s weightlifting at 2014 Commonwealth Games

Team Nigeria on Thursday in Glasgow recorded its first medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games when Nkechi Opara won bronze in the women’s weightlifting 48 ... Full story

Bishop Oyedepo: Nigeria May Split Soon

Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church aka Winners Chapel, has warned that Nigeria is on the verge of breaking up if some issues ...

Ebola epidemic gets 'Out of Control' in West Africa

The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone has himself caught the disease. The epidemic has claimed the lives of more than 600 ...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger deploy 2,800 troops against Boko Haram

Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger have agreed to quickly form a new force that would comprise 2,800 soldiers to fight the Boko Haram insurgents. The defence ...

Nine Nigerian Students Kidnapped In The Ukrainian City Of Lugansk

Nine Nigerian students have been reportedly kidnapped in the Ukrainian city of Lugansk, according to a statement by the representative of the National Security and ...

Bomb Explosion In Kaduna Leaves Many Dead!

An explosion has occurred in central Kaduna killing at least 10 people, a witness has said. The blast occurred Wednesday afternoon along Isa Kaita road which ...

Nollywood Actress Bukky Wright’s Second Marriage Crashes

It appears that the second marriage of popular Nollywood actress, Bukky Wright with her husband, Adewale Onitiri, has crashed. Reports say the couple almost ended the ...

Boko Haram Beheads Nigerian Air Force Officer - Very Disturbing Video

A disturbing video which showed a Nigerian Naval officer identified as Umar Abubakar being interrogated and later gruesomely murdered by Boko Haram men in Borno ... Full story

Popular Nigerian Pastor Chris Okotie Shows Off N400m fleet of cars

No doubt, the ageless multi award winning pop Musician, Chris Okotie; now known as Rev. Chris Okotie is a very wealthy man; who loves seeing ... Full story

Charles Okonkwo Jr., Nigerian in New York arrested after killing brother, beating respected doctor mother into a coma

Charles Okonkwo Jr., a Long Island, New York, teenager with a history of psychiatric problems killed his 15-year old brother and brutally beat his mother ... Full story

Comment on: Hygiene, Vaccines Can Stop World's Greatest Child Killer

Rate this article

0

Featured author

chuky01

Breaking News

Actor Solomon Akiyesi Says Goodbye To Second Hand Cars

There is absolutely nothing wrong in buying second hand cars, but for some people, it actually means you are not capable of buying a new ...

Wizkid's Alleged 'Caro' Claims Her Account Was Hacked

Few days ago it was reported that an American based girl named Caro Ikpea called out WizKid's girlfriend Tania Omotayo. If you missed it Read ...

Why I Allowed Basketmouth Use My Name—Real Basketmouth Explains

MC Basketmouth and Basketmount BE FOR BE FOR Many may not know that Bright Okpocha, better known as Basketmouth, is not the original owner of the ...

Toke Makinwa Rocks Same Hairstyle As Beyonce

Popular Nigerian OAP, Toke Makinwa is not known to wear braids, but this time, she has decided to give it a try. She is mostly ...

I Will Bring Dider Drogba Back To Chelsea, He Belongs Here - Jose Mourinho

JOSE MOURINHO has confirmed he is trying to bring Didier Drogba back to Chelsea with a deal possible by the end of the weekend.Drogba, whose ...

Stephanie Okereke Linus Features In Hollywood Movie (SEE PHOTOS)

Stephanie announced few weeks ago that she will be featuring in a Hollywood movie. Check out some of the behind the scene photos she posted ...

I Have Diabetes—Jide Kosoko Declares

Veteran Nollywood actor, Jide Kosoko, has disclosed that he has been living with diabetes since 1996. He made this declaration at the just concluded Nigerian ...

I Once Despised Marriage, But Now I Want It--Pasuma

Fuji star, Wasiu Odetola better known as Alabi Pasuma, has disclosed that he is ready to settle down now because he initially sees marriage as ...

Ghanaian Actress, Efya Owusu Shows Off ‘Dirty’ Armpit Online

Some Africans have always been blamed for trying too hard to emulate the Western world, which they do negatively. Even though many have argued that ...

Exclusive: Burna Boy Leaves AristoKrat Records

Nigerian artiste, Burna Boy, may be having a quiet time in his career as he has decided to rebrand his management team.Nigeriafilms.com discovered that the ...