Provide vaccines for 258,000 children in Mozambique by addressing barriers to routine immunization with VillageReach and Focusing Philanthropy

As always, Focusing Philanthropy covers all overhead costs. 100% of every donation will go to the Immunization Equity Campaign.

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Routine childhood vaccinations save millions of lives each year and are highly cost-effective. Yet each year, millions of children go under- or un-vaccinated. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a backslide in childhood vaccinations; a July 2022 report from WHO and UNICEF revealed 25 million children missed routine vaccinations because of COVID. UNICEF calls this the “largest sustained drop in childhood immunization in a generation.”

In Mozambique, children in rural pockets and among the urban poor are under-immunized or not immunized at all. While Mozambique’s National Directorate of Public Health prioritizes mobile brigades to vaccinate hard-to-reach children, they typically only vaccinate 10-12% of those in need. Country-wide implementation of immunization outreach strategies have been impeded by insufficient funding, inaccurate data on unvaccinated children, lack of planning, stockouts at mobile brigades, and lack of community coordination.


VillageReach and Focusing Philanthropy are partnering to raise $1,000,000 to address immunization barriers and vaccinate 258,000 children in Mozambique, improving their long-term health and establishing systems to increase immunization coverage in the future. The multi-factored approach–which includes community-coordinated mobile brigades, immunization education for health workers and caregivers, and the use of vaccination record books to identify zero-dose and under-immunized children–will improve overall immunization coverage at 133 health facilities in 20 districts in Zambezia Province.

VillageReach increases access to quality health care for 58 million people throughout sub-Saharan Africa each year. Our campaign will leverage VillageReach’s 20 years of experience in Mozambique, learnings from community-based research, successful implementation of digital health solutions to address challenges at the last mile, and successful medical product delivery strategies for reducing barriers to vaccines.


From August 15 to December 31, 2023, Focusing Philanthropy will add $1 for every dollar contributed by VillageReach until the overall campaign goal of $1,000,000 is reached.

Donations must be a minimum of $1,000 and directed to Focusing Philanthropy, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and free resource to donors. Donations are fully tax deductible and 100% of funds contributed will go to the Vaccine Equity initiative.

All Focusing Philanthropy costs are covered by its founders.

Header image: Mozambique | Photo Credit: Denis Onyodi
“The Need” section image: Mozambique | Photo Credit: Paul Joseph Brown
“The Approach” section image: Mozambique | Photo Credit: Believe Nyakudjara
“The Goal” section image: Malawi | Photo Credit: Paul Joseph Brown