Baxter began supporting UNICEF's work in 2020, providing funding for the global COVID-19 pandemic response and for UNICEF's water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs in Colombia.
The support is provided through the company's philanthropic arm, the Baxter International Foundation, which was created to save and sustain lives by supporting the communities where Baxter employees live and work.
“Investing in clean water and sanitation initiatives is a key priority for the Baxter International Foundation as part of our commitment to increase access to healthcare. We are proud to partner with UNICEF to build critically needed water infrastructure for communities in need,” said Verónica Arroyave, executive director of the Baxter International Foundation.
A three-year WASH program in La Guajira has been launched with the Foundation's support in the form of a $1.5 million grant. Those funds aim to help UNICEF improve health outcomes by improving access to safe water and sanitation in La Guajira while also bolstering local technical expertise and capacities in rural areas across the country.