The Pfizer Foundation
The Pfizer Foundation’s mission is to help build healthier communities around the world. We invest in community-led partnerships and solutions to address today’s complex global health challenges, respond to urgent health needs, and empower Pfizer colleagues to make an impact where they live, work, and beyond.
Founded in 1953 by Pfizer Inc. as a charitable organization, The Pfizer Foundation is a separate legal entity from Pfizer Inc. with distinct legal restrictions.
All people, regardless of where they live, should have access to safe and effective healthcare. Together with our partners, we’re committed to helping close the health equity gap by investing in locally driven solutions that help improve access to innovative care, strengthen health systems, and reduce vaccine-preventable illness.
The Global Health Innovation Grants (GHIG) program supports community-based initiatives that aim to improve quality of care and strengthen health systems in lower-income countries. Since 2016, organizations supported through the GHIG program have collectively helped millions of patients receive care and trained tens of thousands of health staff.
Community health centers are often the first point of care for 30 million people in the U.S.i The Innovation Awards in Community Health program seeks to create greater health equity among historically marginalized communities across the U.S. Implemented by Direct Relief, the program funds community health centers and free clinics, which predominantly serve medically underserved communities, to test and scale innovative approaches for infectious disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Despite advances to improve access to healthcare worldwide, disparities remain. Nearly three in four people living in high-income countries have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine compared to one in three people living in low-income countries.ii The Pfizer Foundation and Amref Health Africa, Africa’s largest non-profit health and development organization, are partnering to help increase COVID-19 vaccine access and strengthen health systems in sub-Saharan Africa.
Globally, millions of women are screened for breast cancer every year. Yet many living in medically underserved communities don’t have access to basic cancer screening and care. With support from Pfizer and The Pfizer Foundation, Partners In Health is delivering critical breast cancer care – helping advance timely and accurate diagnoses – for women in Rural Rwanda.
Responding to Natural Disasters and Resulting Health Crises
As natural disasters and climate emergencies become more frequent and unpredictable, Pfizer and The Pfizer Foundation are collaborating with global health organizations to provide emergency healthcare that helps prevent and treat illness exacerbated by natural disasters. The Pfizer Foundation works with partners to strengthen health capabilities and systems before disasters happen, proactively stockpile supplies and medicines, and respond to urgent health needs.
Fostering Colleague and Community Engagement
Finding power and strength in community, our programs help inspire colleagues to create a positive impact where they live and work, and beyond. Encompassing matching gifts, volunteer rewards, and skills-based volunteering programs, Give Forward – Pfizer’s community engagement initiative – helps Pfizer colleagues identify, connect with, and amplify their impact for causes they find most meaningful.