Alwaleed Philanthropies, a Saudi Arabia-based foundation that works with partners in nearly a hundred countries, has announced a five-year, $5 million commitment to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to address immunization challenges in urban areas globally.
The grant will provide support for Gavi's Innovation For Uptake, Scale, and Equity in Immunization (INFUSE) initiative, which is conducting research and innovating systems that help governments, healthcare organizations, and NGO partners provide vaccines to more children in urban areas. The latest commitment builds on a previous five-year, $5 million commitment from Alwaleed Philanthropies in support of efforts to provide vaccines in Timor Leste, Kiribati, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, and Guyana.
According to the United Nations, nearly 70 percent of the world's population will live in urban settings by 2050, with 90 percent of that growth occurring in Asia and Africa.
"Alwaleed Philanthropies has been a steadfast supporter of our mission to ensure no child goes without lifesaving vaccines," said Gavi CEO Seth Berkley. "This new funding to INFUSE will help accelerate the introduction of innovations and technology to modernize vaccine delivery systems and ensure that vaccines protect all children against deadly diseases."