Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has donated 5,000 pro bono technical and scientific research hours to Seattle Children’s Center for Integrative Brain Research to discover the causes of sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUID), including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Seattle Children’s is one of the top five paediatric research centres in the United States. A portion of the pro bono hours committed by TCS has already been used for building a digital fundraising platform. Additional projects will be announced in the coming months.
TCS officials said that the power of digital technologies, particularly analytics and cloud computing, would help researchers get closer to the answers they have been seeking for so long, and to save precious little lives.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, in the US, roughly 6 out of 1,000 children die before their first birthday. Of these, about 4,000 infants, or 1 in 6, die each year of unexpected causes. Within this larger umbrella, SIDS remains the leading cause of death among children from one month to one year of age, with 90 percent of SIDS deaths occurring within the first six months of life.