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[Comment] Global childhood pneumonia: the good news, the bad news, and the way ahead

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Globally, pneumonia accounts for a substantial burden of disease among young children, and consequently must be a major focus of efforts to improve child health. In their systematic analysis published in The Lancet Global Health, David A McAllister and colleagues1 report encouraging estimates: between 2000 and 2015, the global incidence of pneumonia in young children (aged <5 years) reduced by 30% and the number of pneumonia deaths in young children almost halved in that time. However, pneumonia remains a leading cause of preventable illness and death in this age group, and overcoming this will require considerable effort.

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