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Pneumonia kills one child every 39 seconds; 127,000 died in India last year

The disease is preventable but still kills more children -- 800,000 under the age of five last year -- than any other infection

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Pneumonia is the world's deadliest child killer, with a "forgotten epidemic" claiming one young life every 39 seconds, international health and children's agencies warned Tuesday.

The disease is preventable but still kills more children -- 800,000 under the age of five last year -- than any other infection, they said in a statement to mark World Pneumonia Day.

"Every day, nearly 2,200 children under the age of five die from pneumonia, a curable and mostly preventable disease," Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, said in a joint statement.

"Strong global commitment and increased investments are critical to the fight against
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First Published: Nov 13 2019 | 12:35 PM IST

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