Lagos - First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has been
named a global campaign ambassador of a new initiative aimed at combating
pneumonia, the single biggest child-killer in the world.
The global Every Breath Counts campaign focuses its
initial efforts in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia where 84 percent of
childhood pneumonia deaths occur.
The newly launched campaign website,
EveryBreathCounts.info, highlights the celebrity and thought leaders that are
speaking out for pneumonia, such as Buhari.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) underscored
the importance of tackling pneumonia through a comprehensive approach that
includes universal vaccination, exclusive breastfeeding, clean water, reduction
of household air pollution, and early diagnosis and treatment with amoxicillin
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To address the prevalence of pneumonia, UNICEF works with
the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health to expand community access to health.
A persistent gap seems to be in household awareness of
the symptoms of pneumonia, leading to low care-seeking.
The Every Breath Counts campaign will raise household
awareness and catalyze action around pneumonia across all walks of life.
Pneumonia kills nearly 1 million children under the age
of five globally every year.
More children die from pneumonia than from HIV/AIDS,
diarrhea and malaria combined.
- CAJ News