战胜儿童杀手

日内瓦—调查一下人们对儿童最大两个死因的看法,他们几乎会异口同声地说是疟疾和HIV。而事实上,造成最高死亡人数的是肺炎和痢疾——“被遗忘的杀手”,它们每年要夺走200万条最脆弱的生命。

这两种疾病加起来占了5岁以下儿童死亡原因的29%。这比HIV和疟疾加起来高一倍多,相当于所有其他传染病、伤害和其他新生儿急性病之和。

但是,尽管统计数字如此令人震惊,但更令人惊奇的是肺炎和痢疾完全是可防的——只要措施得当,极有可能在2025年将它们的致死人数降至零。这就是我们现在的目标。

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