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Discourse: Vaccination essential to reduce child deaths from pneumonia

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, November 16 2019   /  12:21 am
Keith P. Klugman - Pneumonia director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (JP/Elly Burhaini Faizal)(JP/Elly Burhaini Faizal)

Keith P. Klugman - Pneumonia director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (JP/Elly Burhaini Faizal)Pneumonia is the leading cause of death among under-5 children in the world, including Indonesia. The Jakarta Post’s Elly Burhaini Faizal spoke with Keith P. Klugman, pneumonia director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, on the sidelines of his recent visit to Indonesia. Below are excerpts from the interview:Question: Many experts consider introducing new vaccines, including the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13), as a key step to combating child deaths from pneumonia. Why?Answer: Pneumonia is the number one cause of death in children in poor countries. So in a country like Indonesia, especially in its poorest parts, [like] Aceh, [which has] the country’s highest child mortality, pneumonia will be the [most important] cause of those childhood deaths. You cannot reduc...