On 5 March 2021, in Abuja, Nigeria, Dr. Cyprian Ngong, in blue, is the first male health worker to vaccinated by Dr Faisal Shuaib Executive Director, NPHCDA. Dr. Ngong has been working in the isolation center at the hospital since March 2020.

Partner since 2021

For over 40 years, Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) has guided industry leaders, governmental bodies and consumers on issues related to halal food, nutrition and pharmaceutical products around the world.

IFANCA is the founding member of the World Halal Food Council, a global 55-member organization that has been instrumental in building vaccine confidence. Through the Council, IFANCA works with regulatory bodies and pharma companies to create transparency and trust among Muslim communities through the halal certification of vaccines, stepping up these efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

Responding to COVID-19 and building public trust in vaccines

IFANCA is leveraging its expertise, influence and global network to support UNICEF’s global work with COVAX. In June 2021, IFANCA committed $3 million to support UNICEF's ongoing efforts, as COVAX lead for procurement and supply, to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine doses to 144 countries. Funds also support UNICEF’s work with the World Health Organization, partners and communities to address misinformation and build trust in vaccines — and the health systems delivering them.

“As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in many regions around the world, partnerships like this are crucial in the race to end the global pandemic," says UNICEF Deputy Executive Director for Partnerships, Charlotte Petri-Gornitzka. "IFANCA’s generous support can also allow us and our partners on the ground to bring reliable vaccine information to parents, caregivers and educators based on facts and science.”

Learn more about how UNICEF and civil society groups work together to create better futures for children.