If I asked you what was the leading cause of death in children under the age of 5 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-5 deaths worldwide. This despite the fact that antibiotic treatments can cost as little as 20 cents per treatment.
Joining now on News Talk Online to discuss this problem and to announce their campaign to create a World Against Pneumonia Day are Mary Beth Powers and David Marsh of Save The Children USA.
Powers heads Save the Children's Survive to 5 campaign. Marsh, is an international public health physician who has worked with Save the Children for 14 years, currently as senior child survival adviser.