Pfizer Foundation awards $2 million in grants for immunization in Africa

The Pfizer Foundation announced $2 million in grant funding on Friday to improve immunization coverage in Africa.

Launched in partnership with UNICEF and other organizations, the programs funded by the grants will focus on "last-mile" interventions to serve populations in Ethiopia, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia.

"These grants will work to support our global efforts to reach more patients with lifesaving and enhancing vaccines," Caroline Roan, the president of the Pfizer Foundation, said. "The Pfizer Foundation has a long history of working with partners to seek to ensure that the most vulnerable have access to quality health care furthering our mission to promote access for all."

Grant recipients include UNICEF, Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee. The funding will seek to bolster the capacity of target countries' health systems to ensure efficient and sustainable vaccine supplies are available for children, including the use of mobile platforms to track vaccination schedules in real time.

"We are proud to partner with the Pfizer Foundation on this important initiative," Caryl Stern, the president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, said. "The Pfizer Foundation's support will help UNICEF ensure that the hardest to reach most vulnerable children will receive vaccinations in order to protect them from preventable and deadly diseases."