IKEA Foundation and CHAI Announce Grants Totaling $16.8 Million to Reduce Childhood Mortality in India and Kenya

The IKEA Foundation and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) today announced two new four year grants totaling $16.8 million to continue work to reduce child mortality and provide access to lifesaving treatment for diarrhea and pneumonia in Madhya Pradesh, India and Kenya.

The two grants, which began in January, build on CHAI’s work in India and Kenya through funding from the IKEA Foundation to provide access to zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS)—the recommended treatment for diarrhea— and antibiotics and oxygen to treat pneumonia, the leading killer of children globally.

“All children should have access to the same basic lifesaving treatments that we take for granted in many parts of the world,” said Per Heggenes, IKEA Foundation CEO. “At the IKEA Foundation, we believe every child has the right to a healthy start in life, which is why we are granting CHAI $16.8 million to help children in Kenya and India get proper medical support when faced with diarrhea or pneumonia.”

Despite being easily treatable, pneumonia and diarrhea are two of the leading causes of childhood deaths in Madhya Pradesh and Kenya.

When CHAI began work in India in 2012, fewer than 1 percent of children were receiving zinc/ORS treatment. At the end of 2016, average ORS coverage had increased by 86 percent across three states and zinc coverage has increased from less than 1 percent to 34 percent. Interventions have reached an estimated 24.6 million children in India alone.

These new grants will build on this previous work to help prevent mortality, ensure that children are diagnosed early and that they get the right treatments.

“No child should die from diarrhea or pneumonia,” stated Kate Schroder, Vice President of Essential Medicines at CHAI. “We are encouraged by the dramatic increase in children receiving correct diarrhea treatment and the thousands of lives that have been saved as a result. We look forward to bringing similar lessons to the table to reduce death from childhood pneumonia. “


About the IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation (Stichting IKEA Foundation) is the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group of companies. We aim to improve opportunities for children and youth in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The IKEA Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income, while helping these communities fight and cope with climate change. For more information visit www.ikeafoundation.org or www.facebook.com/IKEAfoundation

About the Clinton Health Access Initiative
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to strengthening integrated health systems and expanding access to care and treatment in the developing world. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to lifesaving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

For more information contact:

Regan Lachapelle, CHAI
M (857) 208-2788

Radu Dumitrascu, IKEA Foundation
M +31 6 556 98 570