Help achieve a healthier, more equitable post-COVID Africa by donating to The Access Challenge

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Recently, Africa hit the grim milestone of 8.4 million COVID-19 cases and more than 220,000 deaths. While vaccines are rolling out globally, just 6% of the continent’s 1.2 billion people are fully vaccinated. To date, fewer than 2% of people living in Africa’s low-income countries have been fully vaccinated, with many countries still below 1%. Comparing that to the US vaccination rate of 60% clearly signals yet another deep divergence between Africa and the rest of the world.

Global leaders are beginning to address this inexcusable disparity and are ramping up vaccine shipments to low resource countries including those in Africa. At The Access Challenge, we are drawing on our media contacts and influencer networks to help ensure that people get vaccinated as the vaccines become available.


Since March, we have mobilized trusted influencers, called #AfricaCOVIDChampions, from all sectors of society who use their viral platforms to combat social media driven health myths that discourage preventative behaviors and even claim that COVID-19 is a hoax. So far, our AfricaCOVIDChampions have reached hundreds of millions of people across Africa – and these numbers continue to grow as influencers ranging from DJs and musicians to medical students, celebrities, Ministries of Health and Presidents, find creative, authentic and innovative ways to reach their communities and keep them safe. Their dedication, genuine engagement and enthusiasm to continue championing the use of vaccines and fighting COVID is extremely inspirational.

We believe this moment is a critical opportunity to build on the world’s attention to public health. If we are to prevent future pandemics and achieve health and well-being for all by 2030, we must build on this momentum and ramp up our efforts to advocate for equitable #HealthForAll.


As Africa continues to receive donated vaccinations and strives to begin African-based manufacturing of both vaccines and related equipment like syringes, it’s more important than ever to continue our work, focusing on vaccine equity and encouraging uptake.

This #Giving Tuesday, we invite you to join our efforts to achieve a healthier, more equitable post-COVID world of tomorrow by donating to The Access Challenge. All funds raised will directly support our efforts in sharing life-saving messages about the importance of vaccinations across Africa.

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