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Pakistan

UNICEF Says Diarrhea, Pneumonia Top Killers Of Children

Pakistan is among the countries with the highest rates of childhood deaths due to diarrhea and pneumonia.
Pakistan is among the countries with the highest rates of childhood deaths due to diarrhea and pneumonia.
A new report by the United Nations Children's Fund says pneumonia and diarrhea are among the top causes of childhood deaths around the world.
 
The UNICEF report issued June 8 says the two ailments kill more than 2 million children each year and account for more than one-fourth of all deaths of children under the age of 5.
 
Poverty is a major factor in the spread of both diseases, with Pakistan, India, and several countries in sub-Saharan Africa making up the worst-hit nations.
 
The UNICEF report says nearly 90 percent of all deaths are due to unsafe water and poor hygiene.

It says even simple steps like hand-washing with soap and water can dramatically reduce the incidence of both pneumonia and diarrhea in children.
 
Based on reporting by AFP and unicef.org
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