IKEA Foundation / Clinton Health Access Initiative
The IKEA Foundation will invest $25 million to fight the second leading cause of death for children under 5—diarrhea. This is the single largest investment from the private sector targeted to diarrhea, which kills 800,000 children under 5 every year. These deaths can be easily prevented with simple treatment, zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS). The IKEA Foundation is joining forces with CHAI to save nearly 40,000 children’s lives by 2015, by ensuring that the majority of all children suffering diarrhea in both Kenya and two of the poorest states in India—Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh—are receiving the right treatment. The IKEA Foundation is supporting CHAI with a four-year commitment of USD $25 million to increase children’s access to life-saving medicines. CHAI will partner with governments to drive an ambitious, large-scale approach that builds demand for zinc and ORS, and also ensures widespread availability of quality products in public and private health facilities and retail outlets. To create demand, CHAI will pursue a commercial approach that educates moms on the right treatment for their child’s diarrhea and ensures that health workers fully understand the benefits of zinc and ORS over alternatives. CHAI will also encourage manufacturers to develop more child-friendly formulations than currently exists in low-income markets. IKEA’s historic commitment is part of the India Public-Private Partnership to End Child Diarrheal Deaths launched by the UN Secretary-General in April 2012 in support of the Every Woman Every Child movement.