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The Pfizer Foundation's mission is to build healthier communities worldwide by investing in community-led partnerships to address complex global health challenges, ensure access to quality care, strengthen healthcare capacity, help to close the health equity gap by implementing locally-driven solutions, and respond to urgent health and humanitarian needs. They also aim to empower Pfizer colleagues to make a positive impact in their own communities. 

Healthcare Infrastructure: 

In 2023, The Pfizer Foundation partnered with Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid company, to provide grants to community healthcare providers. These grants improved access, provided education, promoted screening and testing, and offered treatments for vaccine-preventable infectious diseases, among medically underserved populations. The grants also supported investments in pop-up clinics, health technology, and electronic health records, enabling better access to care for these communities.1

Responding to Natural Disasters and Resulting Health Crises:

As natural disasters and climate emergencies emerge, The Pfizer Foundation collaborates with global health organisations to support emergency healthcare that helps to prevent and treat illnesses exacerbated by natural disasters. Furthermore, The Foundation supports by providing funding to help strengthen health capabilities and systems, providing medicine donations, and stockpiling supplies and medicines for the future.2  

Supporting Community-Based Innovations:

In 2016, The Pfizer Foundation launched the Global Health Innovation Grants programme, which supports initiatives in low and middle-income countries aimed at improving quality of care and strengthening health systems. The programme supported 42 organisations across 28 countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America. This has amounted to training more than 135,000 health workers and has improved access to health services for 10 million people.

The Global Health Innovation Grants programme also committed to helping combat Dengue Fever in South East Asia. This viral infection is spread by mosquitos, with an estimated 50 million infections annually.3 Through The Pfizer Foundation grant scheme, and with the addition of the health expertise of Reach52, a social entreprise who implement technology to aid health systems, community workers are being trained to use health technology, including Facebook chatbots and text message alerts. This technology helps to track the cases of Dengue fever.4 Furthermore, this partnership is helping to provide mosquito nets and insect repellent.3

Sustained Access to Medicines and Vaccines:

The Pfizer Foundation has been dedicated to fostering sustainable access to medicines and vaccines for various countries around the world. The Foundation's support extends to a range of initiatives, including those aimed at improving access to HIV/AIDS medicines5, helping to increase immunisation rates in Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia6, and supporting infectious disease control efforts in Kenya7 - all in collaboration with various partner organisations. In 2022, The Pfizer Foundation partnered with several organisations such as Duke University, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and Americares to provide antiviral treatments in low and middle-income countries.1

More recently, The Pfizer Foundation partnered with Amref Health Africa, Africa's largest non-profit health and development organisation, to increase COVID-19 vaccine access and strengthen health systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. This support included community-based interventions, health worker training, and vaccine delivery services.1

Promoting Health Equity through the Social Determinants of Health:

The Pfizer Foundation supports communities by addressing the social determinants of health, which are non-medical factors that can impact health outcomes. These include: income, education, employment, housing, discrimination, and access to healthcare.8 Working towards community-based solutions, The Pfizer Foundation, and partners, introduced an initiative known as 'Accelerating Health Equity Grants'. This effort aims to tailor programmes to communities by educating community members to share critical health information, providing better access to care, introducing preventative screening, and promoting mental wellbeing, working to improve the health of these undeserved communities.9

Pfizer, and The Pfizer Foundation, are committed to providing global support and relief to help decrease the global care gap and health inequities.


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Pfizer's Partnership with Zipline


Pfizer has partnered to pioneer a new model for vaccine delivery, with the first use of long-range, autonomous drones.

Collaboration to Broaden Contraceptive Access


For a decade, Pfizer has partnered to help increase access to injectable contraception. 

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  1. Pfizer data on file.
  2. Pfizer data on file.
  3. Reach52. Reach 52 receives grant to combat Dengue fever. Last accessed May 2024.
  4. Reach52. Dengue prevention targeting rural communities in partnership with Pfizer. Last Accessed May 2024.
  5. Philanthropy News Digest. Last Accessed May 2024.
  6. International Rescue Commitee. 90 years of the IRC's partnerships: Making a difference together. Last Accessed May 2024.
  7. Save the Children. Child Health Fact Sheet. August 2023.
  8. WHO. Social determinants of health. Last Accessed May 2024.
  9. Pfizer data on file. 
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