From this Associated Press article that we found at the San Francisco Chronicle, writer Maria Cheng describes a new plan the U.N. has to fight pneumonia.
Today, the first World Pneumonia Day, the World Health Organization and UNICEF are releasing a global plan attempting to save more than 5 million children from dying of pneumonia by 2015.
The plea for money is less than what has been spent on more high-profile diseases such as AIDS, despite the fact pneumonia kills more children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.
"This is very simply the biggest killer people never hear about," said Orin Levine, a public health expert at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health, who has advised WHO and UNICEF. Pneumonia accounts for about 20 percent of all child deaths every year; AIDS causes about 2 percent.
The United Nations is promoting a variety of strategies from vaccination to generalized interventions that address economic development. Pneumonia deaths are strongly linked to malnutrition and poverty.
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