11 million children under the age of five will die of pneumonia by 2030, according to a study.
More than 880,000 children – mostly under two years – died of pneumonia only in 2016.
Based on current trends, more than 10.8 million children under five will die of this disease for the next twelve years. The research was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, and Redd Barna's aid organization.
Generally only older populations in developed countries are affected by the disease. In less developed countries, most children are affected. Among the countries that will be affected are Nigeria and India, where 1.7 million children will die from the disease, according to the study. 700,000 children will die in Pakistan and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to the study.
The researchers also concluded that 4.1 million children could be saved if the vaccination program was improved and more people gained access to antibiotics.