Grand Challenge: Childhood Pneumonia Mortality in Nigeria
As the current deadliest childhood disease worldwide, childhood pneumonia is a critical public health grand challenge. Pneumonia causes more deaths of children under five years of age than any other infectious disease (International Vaccine Access Center [IVAC], 2015). Worldwide, Nigeria is one of the countries bearing the greatest burden of childhood pneumonia deaths with 127,000 or 17 percent of child deaths attributed to pneumonia annually (IVAC, 2015). In this paper the author will discuss the relevance and need for timely interventions for this public health challenge for Nigerian children under five years of age and suggest four evidence-based solutions to address this critical challenge.