Pneumonia is the #1 killer of children. 1.6 million children under the age of 5 die every year - that's more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined - and millions more endure countless cycles of pain and suffering as they do battle with the disease.
The best way to fight pneumonia is to PROTECT, PREVENT AND TREAT:
PROTECT with exclusive breastfeeding,
PREVENT with the new generation of vaccines; and
TREAT with antibiotics.
With new vaccines that target the two deadliest causes of pneumonia - pneumococcus and Hib - and affordable and effective antiobiotics there has never been a better time to fight the #1 killer of children.
This fight is winnable because for the first time we have the right weapons.
Let's make reducing child pneumonia deaths a top global priority for our representatives and get these vaccines and antiobiotics to the world's poorest children.
WHO and UNICEF report that 10 million children could be saved over the next decade if we target pneumonia and diarrhea.
There is no other investment currently available that can save children's lives on this scale.
This is the single biggest solvable issue in global child health today. We CAN stop children dying from pneumonia.
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