The END Fund announces Deworming Innovation Fund
The END Fund announces its Audacious project - the Deworming Innovation Fund - in four strategic countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe.
Deworming Innovation Fund, An Audacious Global Health Initiative
In April 2019, The Audacious Project announced its support of the END Fund and seven other organizations. The Audacious Project is a collaborative funding initiative between TED and leading nonprofits that convenes funders and social entrepreneurs in order to scale solutions to the world's most urgent challenges. By facilitating initial funding for the Deworming Innovation Fund, The Audacious Project has helped to catalyze additional commitments.
Stated to run through 2025, the Deworming Innovation Fund aims to accelerate progress towards tackling parasitic worm infections that affect more than 40 million children in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. The END Fund will leverage drug donations from key pharmaceutical companies and coordinate with governments and partners to create robust delivery systems. Over the next five years, people at risk of intestinal worms and schistosomiasis in these four strategic countries will benefit from life-changing deworming treatment. Thus, ensuring that nobody is left behind and that at-risk demographics often overlooked in treatment campaigns, like women of reproductive age and children who are not yet in school, are reached.