Pneumonia

Source - © 2008 Ferdinand G. Fuellos, Courtesy of Photoshare. Description - A child stands in front of a sign reading, "Pneumonia #1 is the one killer!" at the International Society of Tropical Pediatrics Congress in Philippines.

Pneumonia is a major killer of children under five years of age. Although children's mortality resulting from pneumonia has decreased in the last two decades, it is still the leading cause of death for children under five globally.

In this course, you will learn what needs to be done for further reduction of this preventable disease.

Objective

By the end of this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the epidemiology of pneumonia worldwide
  • Describe principles of pneumonia case management in children under five years of age
  • Discuss approaches that can reduce pneumonia-related mortality
  • Explain why pneumonia interventions are one of the top priorities in child survival programs aimed at reducing under-five mortality in low- and middle-income countries

Credits

Special thanks to Marina Budeyeva, BASICS, who authored the first edition of this course (published August 9, 2008). 

The course authors would also like to thank the following individuals for their contributions to the course revision: Troy Jacobs and Malia Boggs from USAID; and Kate Gilroy, Dyness Kasungami, Sarah Lackert, Michel Pacque, Zeenat Patel, and Serge Raharison from MCSP/JSI.