Mar 05 2010
by Bill Frist, M.D.The Leading Child Killers No One Is Talking About
Which two diseases kill the most children worldwide? If you guessed AIDS, malaria, or measles, you're wrong. Pneumonia and diarrhea claim the lives of more children under age 5 than those three diseases combined and account for over 30% of child deaths worldwide.
Pneumonia and diarrhea kill more children than any other disease - yet most people are unaware that this common illness has such a profound impact on the world's children. Every day, 10,000 children die from pneumonia and diarrhea despite the fact that affordable prevention and treatment options exist. For millions of children around the world, these diseases could be prevented with vaccines and medicines that cost less than $10.