11 million under-fives will die from pneumonia by 2030, according to a study.
More than 880,000 children – mainly under two years of age – pneumonia died only in 2016.
Based on trends predictions today, more than 10.8 million under-fives will die from the disease over the next twelve years. The study was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, and Redd Barna relief movement.
In general, only the older population in the developed countries are affected by the disease. In less developed countries, most children are affected. The affected countries include Nigeria and India, where 1.7 million children die from the disease, according to the study. There will be 700,000 children die in Pakistan and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the study.
The researchers also came to the conclusion that 4.1 million children can be saved if the vaccination program is stepped up and more people have access to antibiotics.