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Aisha Buhari appointed ambassador against pneumonia

01 February 2016, 18:13

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 and oxygen.

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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


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