November 13, 2020

Pfizer Foundation and Innovations in Healthcare team up to provide NGOs with $2 million in grants

Grants help strengthen health systems and reduce health disparities in underserved communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The Pfizer Foundation has teamed up with Innovations in Healthcare (IiH) to award $2 million in grants to 20 NGOs addressing critical health challenges related to infectious diseases, including the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Recipients of the one-year Global Health Innovation Grants (GHIG) include partners in 12 low- and middle-income countries. Each will receive $100,000.

The Pfizer Foundation’s GHIG has been managed for four years in partnership with IiH, a nonprofit hosted by Duke University. The program combines grant investments with technical support to help accelerate global health innovations. The Pfizer Foundation and IiH work together to analyze results from each program in order to build on key learnings and help partners reach their goals.

The 20 organizations included in this year’s cohort of grantees take a community-tailored approach to finding and scaling sustainable solutions to overcome infectious diseases. There is a strong focus on strengthening local healthcare systems and building capacity through primary healthcare delivery and the integration of innovative health technologies in low-resource settings. Grant recipients are: 2020 MicroClinic (Kenya); Afya Research Africa (ARA) (Kenya); Care 2 Communities (Haiti); Fundación Vive Con Bienestar-Bive (Colombia); Group for Technical Assistance (Nepal); Health Builders (Rwanda); Jacaranda Health (Kenya); Last Mile Health (Kenya); LifeNet International (Uganda); Muso (Mali); NAYA JEEVAN for Kids (Pakistan); North Star Alliance (Sub-Saharan Africa); One Family Health (Rwanda); Penda Health (Kenya); Possible Health (Nepal); Society for Nutrition, Education, and Health Action (SNEHA) (India); Swasth Foundation (India); THINKMD (Nigeria); UE LifeSciences (UELS) (India); and Unjani Clinics NPC (South Africa). 

The Pfizer Foundation

The Pfizer Foundation is a charitable organization established by Pfizer Inc. It is a separate legal entity from Pfizer Inc. with distinct legal restrictions. The Foundation’s mission is to promote access to quality healthcare, to nurture innovation, and to support the community involvement of Pfizer colleagues. Its GHIG program, launched in 2016, has had an incredible impact to date: 370,000 new patients have received care, 160,000 have been reached with screening and education, and 2,000 healthcare workers have been trained. With the inclusion of this cohort of grants, total funding to date by the GHIG program totals $7.5 million.

Contact: Sally Beatty,

Innovations in Healthcare

Innovations in Healthcare (IiH) is a nonprofit dedicated to improving healthcare worldwide by supporting the scale and impact of promising innovations. Hosted by Duke University and founded in 2011 by Duke Health, McKinsey & Company, and the World Economic Forum, IiH brings together healthcare leaders, funders, and innovators across the globe to increase access to affordable, quality care.

Contact: Jane Shealy,

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