Today on International Day of Rural Women, Pfizer is reflecting on its work with partners – including CARE, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children and World Vision – to strengthen health systems and empower women in rural areas. Through the Pfizer Foundation* Healthy Families, Healthy Futures program, women in rural communities are receiving access to quality family planning and immunization services, which in turn allows them to prioritize their futures.
The Pfizer Foundation* announced today 20 grants to help non-governmental organizations (NGOs), non-profits and social enterprises address critical health challenges related to infectious diseases, including the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Recipients of the one-year Global Health Innovation Grants (GHIG) include partners in 12 low- and middle-income countries that will each receive US $100,000, for a total investment this year of US $2 million by The Pfizer Foundation.
At Pfizer, we believe that empowered women help build stronger communities. Fundamental to this belief is ensuring access to resources that allow women to make decisions about the health of themselves and their families.
Access to safe, voluntary family planning can empower women and helps support optimal health decision-making for themselves and their families.
The Pfizer Foundation* is proud to support the Healthy Families, Healthy Futures grants, an innovative integrated healthcare delivery program that enables women to receive family planning at the same time their children are vaccinated, reducing clinic visits and creating opportunities to access care where there may be limited resources and women have little time to spend on healthcare.
At Pfizer, we believe that women should be empowered to make health decisions that are right for them and their families. We are honored to share the powerful story of one individual receiving family planning services through the Pfizer Foundation’s* partnership with World Vision: Susan, a wife and mother of five children in rural West Pokot, Kenya.
On International Day of Rural Women, we recognize the challenges women in remote and underserved communities around the world face in accessing health services for themselves and their families. It’s especially important to recognize those barriers while also continuing to propel ourselves and our partners forward in delivering unique solutions to help overcome them.
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: