New research is being carried out in Northampton to try to reduce the number of children dying from treatable infections.
Figures show under-5s in the UK are twice as likely to die from conditions such as pneumonia and sepsis than children in Sweden.
Now an 18 month study led by the University of Northampton is being carried out to discover why survival rates here are so low and what can be done about it.
ITV News Anglia has been speaking to a mother from Kettering who knows first hand how important it is to improve the way we diagnose and treat deadly infections in children.
- Click to watch the report by Liz Summers