Quick Facts About Pneumonia
- Globally, pneumonia is the leading cause of death among children under five after the neonatal period.
- Each year, pneumonia kills more children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. More than 2 million children die from pneumonia annually, accounting for almost a fifth of deaths among children under five across the world.
- Pneumonia is a preventable and treatable disease that affects children and families everywhere, but is highly prevalent in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
- Most healthy children are able to fight the disease, but for those with fragile immune systems – due to malnutrition, undernourishment or other diseases – it can be deadly.
- Pneumonia is a severe form of acute respiratory infection, mainly caused by a bacterial pathogen. With early diagnosis and care, the infection can be easily treated with antibiotics.
Quick Facts About Tuberculosis (TB)
- According to the World Health Organization, one third of the world’s population is infected with TB.
- In 2015, more than 10 million people fell ill due to TB, and 1.8 million people died from the disease, including 0.4 million among people with HIV. In that same year, national notification systems missed about 4 million people who developed TB.
- Today, TB remains the leading cause of death (35%) for people living with HIV.
Our TB and pneumonia programs focus on behavior change communication to encourage care-seeking behavior, strengthen capacity of public and private providers to diagnose either disease and support high-quality, affordable treatment products or services in line with national health system priorities.
We have distributed over 3 million pre-packaged treatments for pneumonia, preventing more than 230,000 DALYs. In 2013, our TB programs prevented 153,500 DALYs in 13 countries.
We focus on integrated case management, improved care-seeking behavior (i.e., exclusive breastfeeding) and pre-packaged treatment, to ensure access to appropriate and affordable pneumonia diagnosis and treatment.
- Integrated case management: Our integrated case management programs reduce death and severe disease through prompt and effective diagnosis and treatment where and when people need it.
- Exclusive breastfeeding: We provide mothers with messages about the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding, followed by exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and appropriate and timely complementary breastfeeding for children after six months.
- Pre-packaged treatment: We educate caregivers on the importance of prompt care seeking behavior and where to go when a child presents with cough and rapid breathing, and we distribute pre-packaged therapy for pneumonia.
We leverage our expertise in private-sector engagement, service integration and behavior change communication to increase access to quality TB care for poor and vulnerable populations.
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