11 million children under five will die of pneumonia by 2030, according to a study.
More than 880,000 children – mostly under two years of age – died of pneumonia only in 2016.
Based on current trends, over 10.8 million children under five will die of disease in the next twelve years. The study was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, and Redd Barna Recovery Organization.
In general, only the elderly population in developed countries is affected by the disease. In less developed countries, most children are affected. Among the countries affected will be Nigeria and India, where 1.7 million children will die from the disease, according to the study. 700,000 children will 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 saved if the vaccination program is intensified and more people have access to antibiotics.