Projects we fund
The IKEA Foundation funds two research projects being carried out by the Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital. Both projects have a specific focus on looking into childhood diseases among children living in poverty in India. The IKEA Foundation funds this research because we believe every child has the right to a healthy start in life.
Researching pneumonia in children
The first five-year project (2009-13) looks at pneumonia in children in India and is working with a study group of 5,000 children under five. Pneumonia is the leading killer of children under five worldwide, and it mainly affects the most disadvantaged children in the poorest countries. The aim of the project is to look at the causes of the disease and create a successful and sustainable vaccination strategy.
Tackling infections in children
The second project works in India and Sweden with 400 children looking at the prevention, early detection and treatment of diseases of the central nervous system – including meningitis and encephalitis. The project will follow 300 children in India and 100 children in Sweden over a three-year period through treatment and follow up.