By 2030, nearly 11 million children under the age of five are killed by pneumonia, experts on Monday warned on Monday that they are aware of the world's largest infectious infant killer.
While in a developed world a severe infection of the lung is mainly affected by older people, in developing countries, children who bear the burden are dying for hundreds of thousands of years of disease preventable.
More than 880,000 children under the age of two years died in 2016 alone due to pneumonia.
A new analysis by the Johns Hopkins University and the Save the Children based on current trends has shown that more than 10,800,000 puppies will be susceptible to disease by the end of the next decade.
In addition, a handful of countries are expected to have the largest burden, with 1.7 million children having died in Nigeria and India, 700,000 in Pakistan and 635,000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
But there are some good news.
A study published on World Pneumonic Day has shown that an increase in the existing coverage of vaccination, along with cheap antibiotics and the provision of good nutrition for children, could save 4.1 million lives.
Pneumonia, an inflammatory infection of the lung that can occur via a viral or bacterial infection, can be treated if it is sufficiently trapped early and the patient's immune system is not compromised.
But globally, young children are often affected by malnutrition, and therefore more children die each year as malaria, diarrhea and measles together.
"It awakens the belief that almost one million children die each year due to a disease with which we have the knowledge and resources to defeat," said Save the Children director Kevin Watkins.
"There are no rosy strips, world peaks or marches for pneumonia. But anyone who takes care of justice for children and their access to basic health care must make this forgotten killer the cause of our age."
The Watkins Group, which carries out health programs in some of the countries most affected by the disease, has demanded that the prices of major existing vaccines for the pneumonia are "dramatically reduced".
2030 is the target date for the United Nations sustainable development goals, which include a commitment to "prevent child withdrawals by the end of the next decade".
Doctors are treating a child on Côte d'Ivoire, where pneumonia is just as malaria as an infant killer