Child Health affected by Pneumonia, Diarrheal Disease and Malaria

Child Health affected by Pneumonia, Diarrheal Disease and Malaria

Children under the age of five are especially vulnerable to various diseases.  The leading causes of death among young children are pneumonia, diarrheal disease and malaria1.


Pneumonia is the number one cause of death for children worldwide. Each year, an estimated 1.4 million children die from pneumonia, which is more than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined2.

Diarrheal disease is the second leading cause of death in children3--1.5 million children die from diarrheal disease each year4 and there are about two billion cases annually5. Diarrheal disease mainly affects children under the age of five6. It is also the leading cause of malnutrition in children under the age of five7.

Malaria is a very serious disease that disproportionately affects children. Most malaria deaths occur among children, predominately in Africa. Every minute, a child dies from malaria. Children are most susceptible to malaria because they have not yet built up immunities to protect against the most severe forms of the disease.


Diarrheal disease can be prevented through proper nutrition, safe drinking water, and improved hygiene and sanitation.  Malaria can be prevented through the use of insecticide-treated bed nets and with indoor residual spraying of insecticides. 

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