Pneumonia will kill nearly 11 million children under the age of five by 2030, and experts warned on a global day Monday that it is aiming to raise awareness of the infectious killer of infants worldwide.
In the developed world, severe lung infection mainly affects the elderly, while in developing countries hundreds of thousands of people are obliged to die easily from preventable disease.
More than 880,000 children, including only two years of age, died of pneumonia in 2016 alone.
A new analysis by Johns Hopkins University and the Save the Children group using predictions based on current trends showed that more than 10,800,000 players will be defeated by the next decade.
In addition, a handful of countries will carry the highest load, with 1.7 million in Nigeria and India, 700,000 in Pakistan and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Still good news.
The study, published in the World Pneumonia Day, revealed that enlarging the existing vaccination coverage would save 4.1 million people by providing cheap antibiotics and good nutrition for children.
Pneumonia, an inflammatory infection that can be infected by viral or bacterial infection of the lungs, can be treated if it is caught early enough and the patient's immune system is not compromised.
However, there are small children with malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and more babies who are more vulnerable than malaria.
Kevin Watkins, CEO, says: "Every year we are dying of a disease that we have information and resources to beat, close to one million children."
"There are no pink ribbons, spherical peaks or walks for pneumonia. But anyone who cares about justice for children and has access to basic health care should have been the decisive cause of our era in this forgotten killer."
Watkins' group, which runs health programs in some of the worst affected countries, called for a significant reduction in the prices of current major pneumonia vaccines.
2030 is a goal that includes the promise of 39 ending preventable child deaths hedef until the end of the next decade by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.