– Peru – 117 children under five died of pneumonia between Jan and Jun 2015 (Ice Age Now, July 16, 2015):
13,501 cases of pneumonia were reported in children under five, with 117 deaths, according to the health ministry.
“Deaths from pneumonia include determinants related to environmental aspects (presence of frost and rain, shelter, access to water, electricity), socioeconomic (poverty, education), cultural (habits and customs), health care (accessibility, personal trained health care, etc.) which are necessary to address them to reduce the risk of occurrence, “the ministry said in its report.
Most deaths occurred in the departments of Cusco, Junín, Huancavelica, Ayacucho and Puno, in the central and southern Andean country.
In addition to the low temperatures during the first semester in various parts of the country, some high Andean and jungle areas of Peru until August will face strong cold waves hitting both citizens and productive activities.
In some areas of Puno located about 4,000 meters, temperatures up to 20 degrees below zero in the period are estimated.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of child death worldwide, responsible for 15% of all deaths of children under 5 years.