Sunday, March 8, 2009

World Against Pneumonia Day Topic On Paltalk


If I asked you what was the leading cause of death in children under five in the world, you might answer AIDS, malaria or measles. But I'd bet that you'd be surprised to learn that, not only were you wrong, but that the biggest killer is pneumonia and that it claims more children than the other three diseases combined.

Over two million children die from pneumonia each year, accounting for almost one out of five children under-five deaths worldwide. This despite the fact that antibiotic treatments cost only 20 cents per treatment.

This is, without a doubt, the most under reported health problem in the world. Amazingly, until this year, there had been no international day to bring global attention to this crisis. But on April 1st, the first World Against Pneumonia Day will be launched. Organizers chose April Fools Day because, they say, it's time to be fools no longer. No longer, they say, will the world ignore the largest killer of children.

Joining us on News Talk Online to discuss the World Against Pneumonia Day will be Mary Beth Powers of Save The Children USA.

Powers heads Save the Children's Survive to 5 campaign, which seeks to increasing understanding of and find resources to fight problems that result in the deaths of 9 million children annually. Deaths from preventable or treatable causes.

Powers has worked for 20 years to support material and child programs in more than 20 countries around the world. The programs address improved health practices and quality of care while engaging local community members in realizing their own roles in ensuring healthy outcomes for mothers in children.

Previously Powers was chief planner of the NGO forum at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo.

To talk to Powers on News Talk Online on at 5 PM New York time Wednesday April 1 CLICK HERE.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow. I didn't know the numbers were that high. My only son almost died from that when he was about 4. He was in ICU for about a month and they had to remove parts of his damaged lungs. They gave him a 10% of making it at one point, and he went into septic shock and had to have a blood tansfusion. The doctors at Texas Children's Hospital and Bayor College of Medicine were amazing. They actually grew the medicine to cure him in a lab. Today, he's 16 years old and doing fine. It's such wicked suffering for little kids.