Meseret Zelalem Tadesse, Director of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health for Ethiopia says their success in reducing child mortality is health extension workers achieving 90% coverage of Integrated Community Case Management.
Child deaths from pneumonia are concentrated in the world’s poorest countries and it is the most deprived and marginalised children who suffer the most. Forecasts show 6.3 million children under the age of five could die from pneumonia between 2020 and 2030, on current trends. Over the next decade, deaths are likely to be highest in Nigeria (1.4 million), India (880,000), the Democratic Republic of Congo (350,000) and Ethiopia (280,000).
Health interventions aimed at improving nutrition, providing antibiotics and increasing vaccine coverage, boosting breastfeeding rates – key measures that reduce the risk of children dying from pneumonia – would also prevent millions of child deaths from diseases like diarrhoea (2.1 million), sepsis (1.3 million), and measles (280,000).
In Gambo rural community we follow the cousellings of Meseret Zelalem Tadesse, Director of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Ethiopia, and we focus on the work of Health Extension Workers