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.

“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. 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.”

-- UNICEF Deputy Executive Director for Partnerships, Charlotte Petri-Gornitzka.

A thought leader in the halal environment, Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) is a trusted organization on all halal matters related to food, nutrition, and pharmaceutical products around the world, and is the founder and member of the World Halal Food Council, a global 55-member organizations of influencers in the space.

For over 40 years, IFANCA has guided industry leaders, governmental bodies, and consumers on issues related to halal. The organization has been an instrumental voice in building vaccine confidence by working with regulatory bodies and pharmaceutical companies around the world to create transparency and trust among Muslim communities through the halal certification of vaccines.

Our Collective Impact

COVID-19 Pandemic

In June 2021, IFANCA committed $3 million to support UNICEF’s global work with the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, and the vaccines arm of the ACT Accelerator called the COVAX facility. IFANCA’s support will contribute to UNICEF’s historic efforts in leading the procurement and supply of 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines to around 196 participating COVAX countries and economies by the end of 2021.IFANCA will also support UNICEF’s ongoing work to support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.

Through this partnership, they will support UNICEF’s work with the World Health Organization, partners, and communities in addressing misinformation and building trust in vaccines and in the health systems that deliver lifesaving vaccines through the ACT-Accelerator. Thanks to support from IFANCA, UNICEF will help reimagine and develop a world that is a safe and more equitable place for communities and children everywhere.

IFANCA is also leveraging its expertise, influence, and global network to support UNICEF’s advocacy, address misinformation, and build trust in vaccines and the health systems that deliver lifesaving vaccines.