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Nearly 1 million children under 5 die from pneumonia every year, including an estimated 180,000 newborns and 770,000 children. Children in poverty-stricken African countries are especially vulnerable.
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of communicable diseases that affect 1.58 billion people globally and more than 600 million in Africa. These dangerous and destructive diseases can be prevented and treated.
Maternal mortality is unacceptably high. According to the World Health Organization, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth every two minutes. 66% of those maternal deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.
Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from preventable diseases. Global vaccination coverage has stalled at 86%; resulting in 1.5 million avoidable deaths. An estimated 19.5 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines.
West African communities were being hammered by Ebola as a result of already-strained healthcare systems, mistrust of healthcare workers and fear and stigmatization of those infected. One major aspect in halting the epidemic was disseminating accurate information to dispel myths, promote prevention methods and outline resources for those affected.