In last week’s article we discussed what pneumonia is and how it can be cured. We concluded that pneumonia can easily be cured, so why is it still the number one cause of death for children under the age of five?
Pneumonia is most prevalent in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Though the cure for pneumonia is low-cost and low-tech it’s still immensely difficult to get the right care in these impoverished areas. Mothers often cannot recognize the symptoms of pneumonia and therefore they do not take their child to the hospital. If they do, there is a chance that even the healthcare workers cannot accurately diagnose the child either.
But little to no awareness is not the only thing preventing mothers from getting their children the care they need. Often times the distance to the hospital is too far, or it’s financially impossible to get the care they need.
3FM and the Red Cross want to help by putting on a series of vaccination campaigns, to prevent the disease in the first place. Furthermore, they want to educate both mothers and health workers so a diagnosis can be made in an early state, which makes the recovery easier and faster. Pneumonia should not kill the amount of children that it does today, and Serious Request is taking a step to make it stop.