WHO/UNICEF Joint Statement: management of pneumonia in community settings
Pneumonia remains a major killer of children under five years of age. The best way to reduce pneumonia-related mortality is to provide effective treatment promptly. A meeting of experts, national and international agencies, a meta-analysis of trials, and a comprehensive review of community treatment programmes all came to the same conclusion: Pneumonia can be effectively treated in the community. UNICEF and WHO therefore recommend that community-level treatment be carried out by well-trained and supervised community health workers.