Saving Lives and Livelihoods

Saving Lives and Livelihoods is a partnership with the Africa CDC that will enable the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines for at least 65 million people and support the delivery to millions more across the continent. It will also lay the groundwork for vaccine manufacturing in Africa through a focus on human capital development, and strengthen the Africa CDC.

The partnership builds on the ongoing efforts of AVAT, COVAX, WHO, and governments to provide access to vaccines to Africa and support the African Union’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of Africa’s population by the end of 2022.

Learn more about the four key areas of focus of Saving Lives and Livelihoods.

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Key Impacts, Achievements, and Milestones

Learn about the initiative's achievements over the last year.


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Press Release

Mastercard Foundation to deploy $1.5 billion in partnership with Africa CDC to save lives and livelihoods.

In the News

The Untold Story of Africa's Response to COVID-19

This docuseries serves as a testament to the journey the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, took in the fight against COVID-19. It provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the achievements made and the steps taken to address upcoming health crises.

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Driving Development Through Vaccination

The African Business Review sat down with Mastercard Foundation’s President and CEO Reeta Roy for an update on the Foundation’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative.

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Inside a historic partnership to Save Lives and Livelihoods in Africa

In a rural town in central Kenya, a group of community health volunteers go door to door, sharing messages about how to prevent COVID-19. They’ve been at it since 2020.

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