Child Health Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet

Routine Immunization and Community Case Management of Pneumonia, Diarrhea, and Malaria

Every year, millions of young children continue to die of preventable diseases. Immunizations are one of the best ways to protect these children, yet one out of five infants—many from the poorest, hardest to reach, and most vulnerable families—are not vaccinated. At the same time, pneumonia and diarrhea claim the lives of 2 million children each year who do not receive the simple, lifesaving treatment they need. These two diseases alone are responsible for 29 percent of deaths in children under age 5. Yet while daunting, the commitment of the global community to end this loss of life is achievable through simple, proven effective interventions.