Although it is rarely fatal in wealthy countries, pneumonia kills more children each year than any other infectious disease.
This program explains why the pneumococcus bacterium has run rampant in the underdeveloped world and explores recent medical breakthroughs that may help reverse the deadly pattern.
Interviews with prominent researchers—including Dr. Keith Klugman and Dr. Orin Levine, two scientists leading an initiative to distribute a new vaccine throughout Africa — demonstrate the possibility of eradicating pneumococcal diseases.
Footage from hospitals struggling to treat children and infants in remote areas shows the real-world challenges of such efforts.
This film is part of the KILL OR CURE series of 57 x 25-minute documentaries produced for the BBC. These films can be bought individually or as a series.