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Save the Children International,Save the Children UK
This report shows that pneumonia, ‘the forgotten child killer,’ is responsible for the deaths of more children under five than any other disease. It kills two children in this age group every minute—more than malaria, diarrhoea, and measles combined.
More than 80% of the victims are children under two years old, many with immune systems weakened by malnutrition or insufficient breastfeeding and unable to fight the infection. Infants are at their most vulnerable in the first weeks of life.
To combat this preventable disease, Save the Children calls for: