Pneumonia kills more than 1 in 10 under five children in Bangladesh as pneumonia is one of the leading killer disease.
Bangladesh committed to reaching global targets of reducing child pneumonia to 3 pneumonia deaths per 1000 live births, according to a report recently released by Save the Children and Johns Hopkins UniversityThe report highlighted that more collaborative efforts to fight pneumonia could avert nearly 140,000 child deaths from pneumonia and other related diseases in Bangladesh over the next ten years.
World’s first global conference on childhood pneumonia was held in Barcelona on 29 to 31 January this year which was attended by two government officials from Bangladesh, Shamsul Haque, Line Director, MNC and AH and Shariful Islam, Program Manager, National Newborn Health Program and IMCI.
Dr. Golam Mothabbir, senior public health professional also attended the global forum as a representative from Save the Children in Bangladesh.
“Bangladesh is committed to reducing children dying from pneumonia to reach global targets of 3 pneumonia deaths per 1000 live births by 2025,” said Shamsul Haque, as he participated as a panelist in the national government perspectives session in the pneumonia global forum in Barcelona.
“We aim to develop a National Pneumonia Prevention and Control Strategy to ensure quality equitable access to primary healthcare and contributing towards achieving Universal Health Coverage,” Shariful Islam added.
“Save the Children appreciates the government’s efforts in improving exclusive breastfeeding rates and reducing malnutrition rates in the country. We will continue to work with the Government of Bangladesh in prioritizing vulnerable populations and ensuring quality treatment for all,” Dr.Golam Mothabbir said.Most deaths from pneumonia in development and emergency context can be averted by ensuring high coverage of pneumonia vaccines, timely treatment of pneumonia at the community level and appropriate infant and young children feeding.