The project will focus on the reduction of mortality and morbidity of boys and girls under the age of five years old due to Pneumonia and Acute Respitory Infections. This will be mainly done through improved health care facilities and equipment, and proper treatment and health care for children. The aim of the programme is to reduce the mortality and mobility of children under 5 years old due to the consequences of Pneumonia. Pneumonia is considered to be the deadliest infectious disease affecting children under 5 and is deadlier than HIV/AIDS, malaria and measles combined (WHO, Pneumonia fact sheet N°331, 11/2015). Each year more than 900,000 young children are dying of pneumonia. Almost 2,500 children per day (UNICEF, Child health Pneumonia, 2016). It is dangerous, but does not have to be fatal. With relatively simple interventions the disease can be prevented and treated. This project will mainly focus on the treatment side.
A part of the funding is pledged to the ICRC for their work in preventing and treating Pneumonia. As stated, this project will mainly focus on the improved health care facilities and equipment, and proper treatment and health care for children. More specifically, this means that the project will ensure that each child will have access to quality healthcare and that he or she can receive antiobitics and can be put on oxygen in case this is necessary. It will also aim to ensure that this is done in health facilities that can closely monitor them and that are well equipped to deliver quality care, by providing necessary equipment.
The target group for this project will be children under 5 years old and their caretakers. They will be the primary beneficiaries of the medical treatments. Additionally, the beneificiaries also include health staff that will be better equipped with medical tools to treat the children.