14 Apr LifeNet Named a Pfizer Foundation Global Health Innovation Grantee
LIFENET INTERNATIONAL NAMED A PFIZER FOUNDATION GLOBAL HEALTH INNOVATION GRANTEE
Empowering LifeNet to transform healthcare quality for 56,000 patient visits in Uganda
Uganda: In April 2018, the Pfizer Foundation named LifeNet International (LN) among the 2018 cohort of Global Health Innovation Grant (GHIG) Program recipients. Through this grant and ongoing partnership, the Pfizer Foundation will continue to strengthen LN’s work to transform healthcare in Africa.
The Pfizer Foundation* Global Health Innovation Grants supports global health entrepreneurs working to improve healthcare for underserved populations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. With partners, Pfizer Foundation is focused on advancing social innovation and opening opportunities to better serve the healthcare needs of the underserved at the local level.
Since 2016, the Pfizer Foundation GHIG Program has supported LN’s efforts to equip health workers in 10 existing primary-care health centers in Uganda, serving some of the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach patients in the world. Through in-person medical and management training, LN is empowering health workers in these existing health centers to provide quality, sustainable care for more than 56,000 patient visits every year.
“I must say that I am now a changed person in terms of knowledge, skills, and behavior because of attending LN trainings,” said the in-charge nurse at Buwaaya Health Center. LN’s partnership with the Buwaaya Health Center is funded through the GHIG Program.
To date, LN’s participation in the GHIG Program has already led to a 329% improvement in health worker implementation of “nursing basics,” including proper hand washing, sterilization, and IV care, along with a 94% improvement in comprehension and implementation of management best practices.
Through this continued partnership with the Pfizer Foundation through the GHIG Program, LN will provide health workers with training in newborn, maternal, and child health best practices along with more advanced administrative best practices, strengthening the quality and sustainability of healthcare for people in Uganda.
*The Pfizer Foundation is a charitable organization established by Pfizer Inc. It is a separate legal entity from Pfizer Inc with distinct legal restrictions.