Entering the 21st century, pneumonia remains the leading cause of death among children worldwide. According to official information from UNICEF, more than 2,000 children die from pneumonia every day, that is, one person dies every 42 seconds.
Most deaths occur in children under 5 years of age. Although this is a disease that can be prevented and cured with existing vaccines and treatments; the problem with neuralgia is the lack of economic resources to avoid these fatal consequences.
Taking Peru as an example, according to data from the Ministry of Health, as of September this year, 8,223 cases of pneumonia have been reported in children under 5 years old, and 58 of them died of pneumonia.
Worldwide, this disease kills more than 2.5 million children and adults each year. For pneumonia researcher Dr. Catia Cilloniz, it is a treatable and preventable disease, and by taking the necessary measures, cases can be significantly reduced. It must be remembered that Peru is one of the 10 countries in America where the child mortality rate exceeds 90%.
In an effort to find solutions to mitigate what could become another pandemic more deadly than the coronavirus, this year dozens of experts and representatives from global organizations fighting pneumonia will convene at the 3rd World Pneumonia Day Global Conference Conference, this year Peru will serve as the host country.
The free conference will be held in a hybrid format (half virtual, half in-person) on November 10 at the Conference Center of the Peruvian School of Medicine, Avenida 28 de Julio 7, Miraflores. To attend, you can register via the following link: https://pneumolightconference.com/
The central theme is: “Reducing the Burden of Pneumonia in the Americas”, developed by a number of experts from the United States, Switzerland, Spain, the United Kingdom, Argentina and other countries, who will present the situation in the United States about this disease and ways to reduce it.
“Pneumonia affects everyone and only by taking steps to reduce pneumonia deaths can we avoid another pandemic, with a high risk of respiratory infections; which will kill millions of older people and children over the next decade,” said Catia Cilloniz, a Peruvian researcher who will chair the meeting.