Action not words needed over biggest public health failure of our time: pneumonia


The World Economic Forum says Davos 2019 should all be about setting a course for Globalisation 4.0. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images


by Larry Elliot

Published in The Guardian, 20 January 2019


Larry Elliot writes: "There is a complete disconnect between these problem-solvers and the real-world challenges they consistently fail to tackle. Let’s take one example: the battle (or, more accurately, the non-battle) against pneumonia, which is the biggest public health failure of our time. … In 2016, it cost the lives of an estimated 880,000 children – more than for malaria and diarrhoea combined. Most of them were less than two years old. Nor is tackling pneumonia difficult or expensive. As Kevin Watkins, the chief executive of the charity Save the Children, wrote in a recent article for the Lancet: “Almost all pneumonia deaths could be prevented through vaccination or early diagnosis and treatment with antibiotics costing less than 50 US cents.”



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