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Treating Childhood Pneumonia at Home Could Save Lives in Developing Countries
Date:1/4/2008

eveloped countries. "Extending these findings to the United States or other developed countries is problematic," he said.

The ultimate goal of this effort is to train local health workers in developing countries to diagnose and treat pneumonia in the community, Thea said. "Hopefully, this will make major inroads and mitigate some of the deaths," he added.

One expert agreed that this method of treating children with pneumonia could reduce deaths.

"This is a very important study," said Dr. William Schaffner, vice president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. "In the developing world, one needs an efficient way to manage children with pneumonia."

"The results of this study are going to have strong implications for what WHO recommends to the ministries of health and to health-care providers in how to approach pneumonia in children in the developing world," Schaffner said. "It will reduce deaths from pneumonia."

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For more information on pneumonia, visit the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.



SOURCES: Donald Thea, M.D., professor, international health, Boston University School of Public Health; William Schaffner, M.D., vice president, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and chairman, Department of Preventive Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville; Jan. 5, 2008, The Lancet


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