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Our evolving world demands new solutions, and we are doubling down and investing in innovation. This is necessary to meet the true needs of the hardest-to-reach children and communities. As the leading expert on children with a foot-print in 120 countries around the world, Save the Children has unparalleled strengths as an innovator.
EXAMPLE INNOVATION PILOTS
Acute respiratory infections are a major cause of child illness and death globally. Having a better and more reliable device to accurately count respiratory rates is critical for proper screening of pneumo-nia. We have partnered with Philips Research Group to design a new device – the Children’s Automated Respiratory Monitor (CHARM) – that can significantly improve health outcomes. The device automatically measures the respiratory rate and classifies it according to the current World Health Organization guidelines. Our study will assess the accuracy, usability and acceptability for large-scale public use in the management of pneumonia in children worldwide.
Save the Children was a critical partner in the launch of the MasterCard Aid Network, an end-to-end, non-financial service designed to streamline aid distribution, even in the absence of telecommunications infrastructure. Affected populations can now secure basic needs swiftly with the simple dip of a card. Save the Children’s significant expertise in electronic cash and voucher programming was brought to Yemen which allowed us to massively scale the uptake of this new technology by merchants, vendors and wider community. Our work ultimately reached nearly 90,000 Yemeni people, and we expect to reach 30,000 more in the coming year.
SANTILLANA PAPER GLASSES
Through an innovative partnership with the school publishing company Santillana, we have created an extremely simple pair of glasses made only of basic paper. These paper glasses can replace traditional tools that require lenses – a costly barrier to scale. Bound directly into existing classroom materials and distributed widely, the paper glasses have reached many more students than would have been possible using traditional screening methods. Nearly 30 percent of the students who have used the paper glasses have discovered vision problems that would have otherwise gone undetected.
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"At Google.org, we support innovative organizations who are using new approaches to tackle humanitarian challenges. While Save the Children has nearly a 100-year history of working to change the way the world treats children, it is among our most innovative and forward-thinking partners. We are proud to support its work.”
Jacqueline Fuller, Director of Google.org
"The advancement of the SDGs is driven by equitable innovation strategies and closer engagements between the public and private sector, in order to create more equitable access to quality health-care services. Our joint research partnership, which focused on children’s automated respiration monitoring to aid in the improvement of diagnosing pneumonia in low-resource settings, is a great example of this. The coming together of complementary resources and capabilities have resulted in a meaningful and impactful research project.”
Niels Buning, Venture Manager, Philips Africa Innovation Hub
“We are pleased to partner with Save the Children on innovative approaches to improving access to immunization and family planning services for women and children in Malawi. Our multi-dimensional partnership with Save is built on a foundation of shared goals in expanding access to quality healthcare for women and children, a commitment to innovation and iteration in our approach, and strong monitoring and evaluation systems to understand impact.”
Caroline Roan, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility Pfizer Inc. President, The Pfizer Foundation