We work in alliance with UNICEF to combat pneumonia, which kills 940,000 children under five every year and has become the world's major cause of infant mortality.
Less developed countries suffer from considerable limitations in their healthcare, diagnosis and treatment of this illness and, in spite of the positive trend over the last few years, care services are still insufficient and don't manage to reach the most vulnerable children.
Reducing children's deaths from pneumonia requires a comprehensive but focused approach via international strategic alliances to work on prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
For this reason the "la Caixa" Foundation has set up an alliance with UNICEF that focuses on improving diagnosis and treatment and further strengthens the commitment that began with the GAVI alliance for vaccination (prevention).
The ARIDA programme (Acute Respiratory Infection Diagnosis Aid) aims to develop and implement technological solutions that improve the detection and treatment of pneumonia, providing community health centres in the most vulnerable areas with new devices that diagnose pneumonia more accurately, easily and reliably.