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Global aid and emergency relief

Around the world, Pfizer aims to work closely with governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to enable prevention and treatment of disease by making medicines, vaccines and over-the-counter products available to as many people as possible.

Recognising the critical need to provide ongoing aid as well as emergency humanitarian relief, Pfizer Inc. has a three part approach, including medicine donations, cash grants, and other access programmes.


Medicine donations

Pfizer believes that medicine donations play an important role in supporting communities around the world. Most of Pfizer’s product donations, which are managed through established NGO partners, are designed to address an expressed need, providing underserved communities with access to potentially life-saving medicines and vaccines.

For example, to support the global strategy towards attempting to eliminate blinding trachoma by the year 2020, Pfizer Inc. has worked with the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), the World Health Organization (WHO), and more than 100 partners since 1998 through our antibiotic donations. In 2016, more than 100 million people benefitted from antibiotic treatment across 24 countries1.

Here in the UK, we've been supporting the International Health Partners, Europe’s largest coordinator of donated healthcare products, for more than 10 years. Find out more.


Cash Grants

In an effort to reach as many people as possible, we support a number of organisations responding to global disasters such as earthquakes, disease outbreaks and humanitarian crises.

Over the past year, the Pfizer Foundation* and Pfizer Inc. have provided cash grants to various NGOs providing aid during emergencies such as the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East, the Zika outbreak, and Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and the United States.


Humanitarian Assistance Programmes

Every day, Pfizer colleagues around the world work collaboratively with governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Civil Service Organizations (CSOs), health care providers (HCPs), and payers to help provide countries with access to our medicines, vaccines and products through our humanitarian assistance programmes.

For example, through a Pfizer Inc. collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, we are helping to broaden access to long-acting contraception for women most in need of contraceptive options in some of the world’s poorest countries.


*The Pfizer Foundation is a charitable organization established by Pfizer Inc. It is a separate legal entity from Pfizer Inc. with distinct legal restrictions.



  1. International Trachoma Initiative. 'By The Numbers - ITI Performance Metrics in 2016'. [Online] Last accessed September 2017.
PP-PFE-GBR-0654 / Sept 2017