After evidence that India is lagging behind on the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing Infant Mortality Rate by 2015, it now turns out that it is faltering on the child survival MDG as well.

The first-ever report tracking global progress against pneumonia, the leading killer of children under five years of age, finds that India is witnessing the highest number of pneumonia-related chi

Report reveals the need to reach target levels of coverage for life-saving interventions
India has the highest number of pneumonia-related deaths in the world
Only three countries reported coverage above the target level of 90 per cent for any vaccine

NEW DELHI: Pneumonia, which is the world's leading infectious killer among children, claims the lives of nearly 1.6 million children under five

New Delhi: Acute Respiratory Infections, a disease group that includes pneumonia, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), is causing up to 4.25 million deaths annually.

According to the firstever ARI Atlas published by the World Lung Foundation on Thursday, ARIs are the third largest cause of mortality in the world and the top killer in lowand middle-income countries like India.

Around 50,000 under-5 babies die suffering from pneumonia every year in the country while the global figure is 15 lakh.
Prof Dr Iqbal Bari, Head of Pediatrics Department of Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH), revealed this while addressing a discussion on causes of pneumonia and its preventive measures at RMCH conference hall in Rajshahi on Saturday.
He mentioned that sufficient awaren

Around 50,000 under-five babies die from pneumonia every year in the country while the global figure is 15 lakh.

A good number of unqualified village doctors practicing allopathy have been prescribing antibiotics for quick recovery from various infections, putting health of rural patients at high risk, an ICDDR, B study reveals.

The study, still going on since the last three years, says the village doctors, almost 95 percent of rural healthcare professionals, are treating common cold, fever, pneumonia and


The story of how pharmaceutical companies influenced scientists and official agencies like the World Health Organization (WHO) in the recent swine flu scare and the saga of the undeclared conflicts of interests of members of the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts has set off alarm bells around the world. When trusted advisors are less than honest, the potential for harm is great, and the feeling of betrayal is poignant.

Manisha Jha

Pneumonia has become the scourge of the season with Celsius lows combining with high air pollution to send many like former chief minister Jyoti Basu to hospital.

According to doctors, there has been a 20 per cent increase in the incidence of pneumonia in the city over last year.