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Infant Mortality due to Pneumonia and SAANS Initiative

Infant Mortality due to Pneumonia and SAANS Initiative

As per Sample Registration System Report (2010-13) of Registrar General of India, Pneumonia contributes 16.9% of infant deaths and it is the 2nd highest cause of infant mortality.

The list of major causes of infant mortality-

Top 10 Causes of Death in age below 1 year in India : 2010-2013

Rank

Cause of Death

Deaths (%)

Male

Female

Person

1

Prematurity & low birth weight

35.6

36.4

35.9

2

Pneumonia

17.0

16.8

16.9

3

Birth asphyxia & birth trauma

10.7

9.1

9.9

4

Other noncommunicable diseases

8.2

7.5

7.9

5

Diarrhoeal diseases

6.2

7.3

6.7

6

Ill-defined or cause unknown

4.4

4.9

4.6

7

Congenital anomalies

4.8

4.3

4.6

8

Acute bacterial sepsis and severe infections

4.2

4.3

4.2

9

Injuries

2.0

2.1

2.1

10

Fever of unknown origin

1.7

1.8

1.7

All Other Remaining Causes

5.2

5.7

5.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

Source:Sample Registration System Report (2010-13) of Registrar General of India

Social Awareness and Actions to Neutralize Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS)

In order to accelerate actions for reducing deaths due to childhood Pneumonia, an initiative named “Social Awareness and Actions to Neutralize Pneumonia Successfully (SAANS)” has been launched in 2019. The SAANS initiative encompasses three pronged strategies:

  1. Guidelines on treatment and management of childhood Pneumonia including introduction of use of Amoxicillin by ANM.
  2. Capacity building of service providers for identification and standardized management of Pneumonia.
  3. Communication campaign to ensure greater awareness on childhood Pneumonia among families and parents.

Source: PIB

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