India can save lives of more than 90,000 children aged below five years annually, if it scales up its vaccination programme against pneumonia and diarrhoea, said a report on Friday. Released ahead of the World Pneumonia Day on November 12, the report published by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health however noted that India has made a considerable improvement since last year. "India could save over $1 billion each year in economic benefits and avert more than 90,000 needless child deaths each year by introducing and scaling up coverage of vaccination programs targeting pneumonia and diarrhea," observed the yearly study conducted by the International Vaccine Access Centre (IVAC) of the Hopkins Bloomberg School. ‘By introducing vaccination programs targeting pneumonia and diarrhea, India could avert more than 90,000 needless child deaths each year.’ The study was conducted for 15 countries which are "disproportionately responsible" for deaths globally of children below five years from pneumonia and diarrhoea. Although these countries form 55 percent of the global population together, they contribute as much as 77 percent to the total global deaths of young children from the two diseases. The report said that since last year, India has increased its performance by seven points, mainly owing to its vaccination coverage of "measles vaccine, Haemophilus influenzae type B vaccine, three doses of diphtheria tetanus and pertussis vaccine, and rotavirus vaccine" during the period. Among other positive indicators for India, the study said that the country had highest percentage (77 percent) of children who were taken to a healthcare provider for suspected pneumonia and the highest percentage (65 percent) of children below the age of six months, who were breastfed exclusively. "Exclusive breastfeeding protects infants from pneumonia and diarrhea," it read. Tanzania, Angola, Chad, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan from Africa, and India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and China from Asia, comprised the 15 nations selected for the study.Source: IANS << Substance Abuse may Affect the Outcome in Schizophrenic Pat... New Method Developed to Quickly Screen, Identify Fentanyl >> Recommended Reading HPV Education Programs for College Age Men may Increase Vaccination Rates Study recommends HPV educational programs for college freshmen and availability of HPV vaccination on campus at student health facilities. READ MORE Anti-vaccination Sentiment Strong on Twitter Strong anti-vaccination sentiment is all over twitter with increased new mom states likely to be hotbed for these twitter users. READ MORE Screening for Cervical Abnormalities in Women Offered HPV Vaccination Strong evidence linked to cervical abnormalities and infection with certain HPV types, and data suggesting that HPV tests detect more high-grade precancerous lesions READ MORE Top 10 Vaccine Myths Debunked Childhood vaccination has saved many lives, yet lots more has to be done to increase awareness and eliminate myths regarding vaccines. READ MORE Traveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert! Traveling with children is always challenging as it involves careful planning. Here are some precautions that need to be taken when traveling abroad with kids. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Pregnancy Confirmation Calculator A-Z Drug Brands in India Diaphragmatic Hernia More News on: Height and Weight-KidsTop 10 Vaccine Myths DebunkedTraveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert!