The Pfizer Foundation Announces $5 Million Grant to Support Women and Families
The Pfizer Foundation* recently announced a $5 million grant recommitment to initiatives that provide family planning access and education for women and men at the same time children are routinely vaccinated.
By increasing access to these integrated services, we’re helping women access reproductive and sexual health services at the same time their children are vaccinated – and in turn, supporting efforts to improve the health of women and their families by:
- Reducing maternal and childhood morbidity and mortality
- Decreasing the incidence of sexually transmitted infections
- Enabling the freedom of choice in family spacing
The Pfizer Foundation will also provide technical support for the projects, which are being led by the International Rescue Committee (Ethiopia and Uganda), World Vision (Kenya), Save the Children (Malawi) and CARE (Benin).
The new grants follow an initial $6.7 million funding commitment in 2015 to reduce barriers to women and children’s health.
“At Pfizer, we support the belief that women around the world should have access to family planning services and information so that they can make informed decisions that are appropriate for their needs,” said Caroline Roan, President of The Pfizer Foundation. “We are proud to be expanding The Pfizer Foundation’s support of this innovative approach to family planning, making it easier for underserved women to access family planning services at the same time their children receive critical immunizations to protect them against disease.”
In addition to working with local healthcare providers to help reduce misconceptions and break down barriers in this space, the grants are creating opportunities for women to access family planning in communities where different barriers exist for women to access family planning services, or where women have little time to spend on healthcare.
The Pfizer Foundation’s ongoing support of these initiatives reflects our belief that an investment in women’s health is also an investment in a more just, prosperous and equitable future. By increasing access to integrated family planning and immunization services, we hope to support lasting healthcare solutions for women in these communities.
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*The Pfizer Foundation is a charitable organization established by Pfizer Inc. It is a separate legal entity from Pfizer Inc. with distinct legal restrictions.