New Delhi: Taking the bull by its horns, WHO and UNICEF have put together a Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD) aimed at ending preventable child deaths by these two major killers by 2025. In India, pneumonia accounts for 23 percent and diarrhoea accounts for 12 percent of under-five (age) child deaths.The report, which includes up-to-date strategies and makes recommendations to various countries on interventions needed to reduce child deaths significantly, was released Friday. Around the world, pneumonia and diarrhoea account for 29 percent of all child deaths below the age of five, and result in the loss of two million lives each year.
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