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Saving Lives and Livelihoods

The Mastercard Foundation is deploying $1.5 billion in partnership with the Africa CDC to save the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in Africa, hastening the continent’s economic recovery. This bold partnership ensures vaccine equity for Africa by purchasing vaccines for more than 65 million people, supporting the delivery of vaccinations to millions more, and integrating into and supporting the delivery of routine immunization, ensuring the strengthening of African public health systems.

The Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative is assuring the long-term health security of the continent by developing the workforce for vaccine manufacturing in Africa and strengthening the Africa CDC. This partnership is an enabler of and a contributor to the Foundation’s Young Africa Works strategy, which seeks to enable 30 million young people, particularly young women, to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.

Saving Lives and Livelihoods Impact to Date

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Saving Lives and Livelihoods Newsletter

Learn more about the recent initiatives and read about the progress of the Saving Lives and Livelihoods partnership in the monthly newsletter.

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Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC Remain Committed to Saving Lives and Livelihoods

Joint Statement of the Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC in Response to Devex Articles of 3rd October 2023

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FAQs – Updated November 2023

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Saving Lives & Livelihoods: Four Areas of Focus, Phase 1

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FAQ: Saving Lives and Livelihoods

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News and Announcements

Third International Conference on Public Health in Africa (CPHIA) 2023: Charting Course to Breaking Health Barriers in Africa

From November 27 to 30, 2023, over 5,100 delegates from 90 countries gathered in Lusaka, Zambia, for the third International Conference on Public Health in Africa under the theme Breaking Barriers: Repositioning Africa in the Global Health Architecture.

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Africa CDC and Mastercard Foundation Launch Phase 2 of the Saving Lives and Livelihoods Initiative to Strengthen Africa’s Public Health Systems

Africa CDC and Mastercard Foundation launch phase 2 of the Saving Lives and Livelihoods (SLL) initiative to strengthen Africa’s public health systems.

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Everyone Has A Story Video Series

Watch the stories of three Kenyans who helped raise vaccine-awareness in their community for COVID-19 with the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative.

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The Large-Scale COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign In The Democratic Republic Of Congo Reaches Over 300,000 People

The two-week Rapid Results Initiative  helped accelerate the COVID-19 vaccination efforts and improve the low vaccination rates in DRC.

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Institut Pasteur de Dakar and Mastercard Foundation Announce Unprecedented Partnership to Expand Workforce for Vaccine Manufacturing in Africa

The Institut Pasteur de Dakar (IPD) and the Mastercard Foundation have announced a historic $45 million partnership named MADIBA (Manufacturing in Africa for Disease Immunization and Building Autonomy), a significant step towards achieving vaccine manufacturing autonomy in Africa.

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Improving COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Sierra Leone Using People-Centered Approaches

The Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative in Sierra Leone focuses on local solutions for underserved communities.

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Acceleration and Integration: A Progressive Approach for Saving Lives and Livelihoods

The Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative sets a new strategic priority aimed at accelerating the implementation to advance 100-100-70 vaccination coverage.

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Building Resilient Health Systems for Africa: Mastercard Foundation’s Participation at AHAIC 2023

The Mastercard Foundation participated in the fifth annual Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC 2023) from March 5 to March 8, 2023, at the Kigali Convention Centre in Kigali, Rwanda, with the theme Resilient Health Systems for Africa: Re-envisioning the Future Now.

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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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Saving Lives & Livelihoods: Four Areas of Focus (2021)

The partnership between the Mastercard Foundation and the Africa CDC is working to build on the tremendous and ongoing efforts of AVAT, COVAX, WHO, and governments to provide access to vaccines to Africa.

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FAQs: Saving Lives and Livelihoods (2021)

Answers to frequently asked questions about the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative.

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Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC’s Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative delivers first tranche of over 15 million vaccines

The Mastercard Foundation and Africa CDC jointly announced that 15.2 million vaccines purchased under the Saving Lives and Livelihoods initiative are currently being distributed across Africa.

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