Home care a plus for childhood pneumonia

Treatment failure by day six was 9% in the LHW group compared to 17% in children randomly assigned as controls who were referred to a healthcare facility.

It was an “example of how effective LHWs can be”, the editorial states, though “not all community health workers are supervised as well as the LHWs in Pakistan”.

There are 156 million cases of childhood pneumonia globally – 97% in developing nations – each year resulting in 1.6 million deaths. 

Lancet 2011; 378: 1763, 1796-1803