Pneumonia is the leading cause of infant mortality in children under 5 years of age worldwide, with more than 800,000 deaths annually. Every 39 seconds a child dies from this disease.
Despite the fact that pneumonia is a preventable, treatable and curable disease, there are no tools that can be easily used at all levels of the health system.
The ARIDA project, in partnership with UNICEF, has accelerated the development of two new technologies that can automatically count children's breaths per minute and measure blood oxygen, thereby improving detection, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
Thanks to these technologies, three ARIDA devices have been designed and tested in three different countries to help health personnel diagnose pneumonia (Bolivia, Ethiopia, Nepal).
On the other hand, the project has trained thousands of first-line health agents in detection, prevention and treatment of the disease and has provided amoxicillin to millions of children.
Finally, ARIDA has also generated the publication of several articles in specialized media.