Given that Dream Runners began within the foundation, IPI-COOPERACIÓN, the first races will target a maternal and infant health project in the North Wollo region of Ethiopia, an area where only 6% of mothers receive care at the time of labor, causing a very high infant mortality rate which could be avoided.
The project consists of building and providing equipment to a new maternity ward at the general hospital in the capital of the province, Woldiya, along with a shelter for expecting mothers in the third trimester. It also includes the training of local staff as well as fieldwork with rural communities to create awareness about the risks of giving birth without medical care. To ensure future sustainability, the project will be integrated into the health system of the Ethiopian government, who is one of the partners of the project, along with UNICEF and IFHP.
The main sponsor is the Probitas foundation, linked to the pharmaceutical company Grifols, who is acting as the technical partner.
The foundation IPI-COOPERACIÓN started in 2000, developing cooperation projects with several African countries, focusing on children, especially in the health and education fields. One of the drivers of the foundation has been the Associación Iniciativa pro Infancia (IPI), a collaborating organization accredited for international adoption in various African countries, which has facilitated the adoption of thousands of children in distress. The support and involvement of adoptive families in all of the charitable programs have brought a distinct set of values and commitment that have defined the two organizations.