$21 million grant will go toward Nigerian vaccines
July 31, 2013
Every so often, a story about one organization giving a massive amount of money to charities appears in the media. These tend to concern foundations donating grants to a number of nonprofits as part of a quarterly announcement.
However, that was not the case in Switzerland recently. The Geneva-based Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Alliance recently gave a $21 million grant to the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency in order to benefit vaccine supply chains in Nigeria. This project will be an integral part of the national government's Saving One Million Lives Initiative. One of the biggest focus areas within this scheme is obtaining refrigeration equipment in which immunizations can be stored.
"This will not only help Nigeria reach its Saving One Million Lives targets by improving routine immunization, but it will also play a crucial role in Nigeria's polio eradication efforts and set the stage for forthcoming new vaccine introductions," GAVI Alliance CEO Dr. Seth Berkley explained.
The GAVI Alliance is committed to finding ways to make children around the world healthier, no matter their ailment or location. The organization is comprised of leaders from the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank and the Bill and Melina Gates Foundation.
Foundations that support nonprofit programs year-round can use grant management software to help board members and accountants track funds and recipients as awards are allocated.