At Pfizer, we believe our business and societal missions are the same: Ensuring all individuals everywhere have access to quality medicines, vaccines and health care, and the opportunity to lead healthy lives.
Every day, we strive to use our full resources – our people, products and funding – to find new ways to positively impact the health of people around the world and across their lifespan.
Historically, the private sector has focused on traditional philanthropic approaches of large-scale cash and product donations to address global health needs. However, against the backdrop of a dramatically changing world, companies like Pfizer are also changing their approach to global health. We now aim to build on our current footprint of programs with new approaches and solutions that reflect the unique needs of each community – and ultimately accelerate the impact we can have on the health of all people around the world.
To achieve these goals, we must reach patients who are in need faster and build sustainable infrastructure – while being careful not to compromise quality or safety. We also know efficiency must be balanced with evidence of effectiveness. As such, we work with our partners to take a measured approach, using our analytics and research resources to collect outcomes data before launching at scale. Nearly all of our initiatives to improve global health begin as pilot programs; only after careful evaluation of effectiveness and consideration of local nuances do we expand our programs to serve a broader population.
As one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, we see it as our responsibility to leverage all of our resources – financial, medical, scientific, colleague – to achieve the speed-to-impact that is required in today’s environment.
Advancing the Health of Women and Children in the Developing World
Empowering and educating women is vital to global health
The Pfizer Foundation’s* Global Health Innovation Grants aim to improve health delivery and support social innovation with a direct focus on improving health care access and quality for women. These grants address key barriers to health care access that women face. A key component in achieving these objectives is the support of women entrepreneurs with financing and technical assistance to allow them to grow their businesses and improve the health delivery, access and quality for women.
ayzh is a social venture in India that provides appropriate health products to improve women’s health (reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent) in low resource settings. ayzh’s core product is a $3 Clean Birth Kit, which provides women essential components recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for a safe and hygienic birth. Pfizer’s support has helped ayzh to expand its services in India, including hosting empowerment camps to directly engage approximately 1,000 pregnant women to-date on the elements of a healthy and hygienic birth. Additionally, our program will help fund the creation of two additional manufacturing and distribution hubs, which employ local women, and is expected to impact the lives of 18,000 mothers and babies through the project period.
Jacaranda Health provides affordable, high-quality maternity services to underserved women in Kenya through a network of maternity hospitals and by building partnerships with hospitals and clinics. Jacaranda’s work focused on improving the critical capacity and skills gaps that can be an impediment to quality care. Pfizer’s support allowed Jacaranda to pilot an innovative approach to sustaining and retaining critical emergency obstetric and newborn care skills in government hospitals. The program trains midwives in government hospitals in evidence-based emergency obstetrics and newborn care, and trains volunteer nurses as peer educators who will provide ongoing education for the maternity nurses.
One Family Health, a primary health care chain in Rwanda, delivers quality, affordable primary care through a franchise clinic model, each led by nurse entrepreneurs. The clinics are led by nurses who receive financial support, business training and technical assistance to help improve their impact in the community. Pfizer’s support has helped One Family Health to add five new clinics in 2016 and reach an additional 191,000 patients. Additionally, we have supported critical improvements to the business and finance training curriculum that the nurse entrepreneurs receive.
Pfizer is committed to helping broaden access to our long-acting injectable contraceptive for women most in need of contraceptive options in some of the world’s poorest countries. Through collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, we were able to provide this contraceptive for one dollar (U.S.) per dose to qualified purchasers.
A consortium of public-private sector donors and aid organizations have played an important role in helping reach these women, by supporting country introductions and the delivery of our long-acting injectable contraceptive to health facilities and community-based distribution networks. Since the product’s launch in 2014, over six million doses have been shipped to 20 developing countriesi.
i Data on file at Pfizer Inc.