Pneumonia: the forgotten killer of children in Bangladesh

Thursday 7 February 2019

Pneumonia is one of the leading killers of children under 5 in Bangladesh. The deadly disease took the lives of over 16,000 children under the age of 5 in 2016- that is close to two deaths every hour. In order to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and reach the ‘3 per 1000 live births target of death rates under 5 by 2025’, as envisaged under the Global Action Plan for Pneumonia & Diarrhoea (GAPPD), we cannot have children be left behind. As a part of a 100 years of the organization in 2019, Save the Children in Bangladesh has committed to the Global Pneumonia Centenary Commitment. As a beacon country for Pneumonia, we aim to convene a movement within the global health community to tackle childhood pneumonia by supporting national advocacy and campaigning, providing technical support for innovation of new pneumonia treatments and techniques so that Every Last Child in Bangladesh is protected, prevented and treated from pneumonia.