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Always committed to supporting and promoting scientific research, Chiesi Foundation launched a new important project in July 2021: IMPULSE – Improving Quality and Use of Newborn Indicators.

IMPULSE is a project led by the WHO Collaborating Center of the IRCCS Burlo Garofalo of Trieste, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, CUAMM – Doctors with Africa, and in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UNICEF. The IMPULSE project aims to generate evidence on effective methods and tools to improve the availability, quality and use of neonatal data in sub-Saharan Africa, so that it can help improve the health and well-being of newborns in those contexts, and, in particular, of small and pathological newborns, hospitalized in neonatal units.

The work aims to make data accessible and reliable to guide the process of reducing neonatal mortality considering 2.5 million deaths per year, most of which are preventable. The target 3.2. of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is for all countries to reduce neonatal mortality to no more than 12 per 1.000 live births before 2030, without “leaving anyone behind”. Reliable data are therefore to accelerate actions in high-mortality contexts, including sub-Saharan Africa, where according to the current trend, some countries are expected to reach target 3.2. with more than 100 years of delay. In different contexts in four African countries, IMPULSE will help improve the quality and use of neonatal data, with the ultimate goal of informing policies to improve the quality of care and the health of newborns and their families.

IMPULSE represents an important milestone for Chiesi Foundation.

The project comes from a deep reflection about the role of the scientific research within the programs supported by the Foundation. It is the result of the willingness to strategically reorient the research program with the aim of increasing its impact in the field of global health, aligning it with the Foundation’s commitment in the field of international cooperation and specifically in the frame of the NEST (Neonatal Essential Survival Technologies) project.

For the next few years, Chiesi Foundation will committee its resources toward the IMPULSE project. For this reason, the Calls for Scientific Research Proposals will no longer be reopened.

All the projects under funding remain active.

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