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Help them to breathe

We improve diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia to save the lives of thousands of children all over the world.

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, especially in less developed countries.

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 pneumonia 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.

The "la Caixa" Foundation and UNICEF promote a strategic global alliance to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children via innovative, sustainable solutions.  The project will be implemented in 2 phases:

  • An initial pilot phase in which new automatic diagnostic devices (clinically approved and with their respective health authority permits) will be distributed and tested in different countries , starting with Ethiopia, subsequently analysing the results and evaluating how they have improved diagnosis.
    t's estimated that around 120,000 children will benefit directly from this stage.

  • A second phase, based on the results from the first phase, involving a larger scale roll-out in which the protocols, guidelines, marketing strategies, etc. will be developed.

Through this global strategic alliance between UNICEF and "la Caixa" Foundation we hope to reduce infant mortality caused by pneumonia via three key activities:

  • Improve the diagnosis of pneumonia using innovative solutions that automatically measure children's breathing.

  • Improve the skills of community healthcare workers in using new technological aids.

  • Increase the availability at healthcare centres of Amoxicillin in adequate doses for children under five.

  • This alliance will reinforce the efforts made by governments against pneumonia.

  • More than 120,000 children have benefitted from the project's initial phase.

  • Innovative technological devices to detect pneumonia.