In remote and underserved areas, women often face multidimensional challenges that can have a lasting impact on their health and the health of their families. That’s why this International Day of Rural Women, it’s especially important to recognize those barriers while also continuing to propel ourselves and our partners forward in delivering unique solutions to help overcome them.
Meet Susan: wife and mother of five children, living in rural West Pokot, Kenya – located about four kilometers to the closest health clinic – and empowered to take control of her health and the economic development of her family through health services offered by the clinic.
Through the Pfizer Foundation*, we are honored to support women like Susan as a part of our integrated services portfolio in partnership with CARE, the International Rescue Committee, Save the Children, and World Vision in our efforts to help improve access to family planning and immunization services in rural areas in Africa.
Through our partnership with World Vision, the clinic has been able to reduce clinic visits by taking an integrated approach to providing Susan with family planning resources at the same time her children are vaccinated. And, this is just one of the powerful outcomes that can result.
We had the privilege of joining Susan in sharing her intimate perspective through a 360-degree video, which will be available this November during the International Conference on Family Planning. Until then, take a first look here and here.
These efforts help drive progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being and Goal 5: Gender Equality, and most importantly, lay the groundwork for a more just and equitable future for women and generations to come.
*The Pfizer Foundation is a charitable organization established by Pfizer Inc. It is a separate legal entity from Pfizer Inc. with distinct legal restrictions.