Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America
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 COVID-19 pandemic.
Responding to COVID-19 and building public trust in vaccines
IFANCA leveraged its expertise, influence and global network to support UNICEF’s global work as part of COVAX. In June 2021, IFANCA committed $3 million to support UNICEF efforts leading COVID-19 vaccine procurement and supply to ensure equitable distribution of doses to 144 low and middle-income countries.
IFANCA support also backed UNICEF’s work with the World Health Organization, partners and communities to address misinformation and build trust in the vaccines and in the health systems delivering them.
Speaking to the impact of IFANCA's support, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director for Partnerships Charlotte Petri-Gornitzka said it allowed UNICEF and partners 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.