Published: 29 October 2018

This infographic highlights the key role medical research charities play in ensuring all children have the opportunity to live long, healthy lives.

Data sources:


  1. 30,000 children:
  2. All other stats across the top of the front page are from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s State of Child Health Report 2017.

Medical research charities invest in research:

  1. £97 million, 400 projects, 57 charities: Awards from current AMRC members active in 2016 and/or 2017. Inclusion criteria: award was either funded by a child health-focused charity or contained a relevant keyword in the title (child-, infant-, infancy, baby, babies, young people, kids).
  2. 45,000 participants, 195 studies: Clinical trials and studies in the Children specialty that were funded by AMRC member charities (1 Apr 2016 to 31 March 2018). Data from the NIHR CRN: Open Data Platform (ODP).
  3. Map: apportioned value of awards from subset described above (1). 3% had unknown locations.

To learn more about the projects featured in this report, follow these links:

  1. “Sleep on side” campaign to prevent stillbirth
  2. Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis
  3. The UK’s first adaptive clinical trial for children with brain tumours
  4. Pioneering new gene therapies for childhood conditions