Project Description

Izumi Foundation


The Izumi Foundation works with various partners to help impoverished people living in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America achieve better healthcare. To accomplish this they look for practical and cost-effective solutions to deal with infectious diseases and other healthcare issues and provide partners with resources to achieve cost-effective improvements. .


Boston, MA, United States

Operating region

The Izumi Foundation limits operations to specific geographic locations and only operates in the following countries in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America:
• Botswana
• Burkina Faso
• Ethiopia
• Gambia
• Ghana
• Kenya
• Lesotho
• Madagascar
• Malawi
• Mali
• Mozambique
• Namibia
• Niger
• Nigeria
• Rwanda
• Senegal
• South Africa
• Swaziland
• Tanzania
• Uganda
• Zambia
• Bolivia
• El Salvador
• Guatemala
• Guyana
• Haiti
• Honduras
• Nicaragua
• Paraguay

The Izumi Foundation
The Izumi Foundation

Supported causes

The foundation is particularly focused on the following areas:
Maternal and neonatal health – The first few days of an infant’s life is crucial, and poor maternal nutrition can lead to complications in new-born children. By implementing low-cost but effective programs, the foundation helps sustain the lives of mothers and children.
Neglected tropical diseases – Diseases like trachoma, chagas disease, bilharzia and helminthiasis are often neglected because of its rarity in the developed world. The foundation supports mass drug administration and other countrywide interventions with the aim of controlling the diseases and their symptoms.
Malnutrition – As the leading cause of death in children under five malnutrition is a serious problem in developing countries and the foundation supports efforts to deal with this problem.
Healthcare infrastructure – When local systems are supported and strengthened, preventative, diagnostic and curative care becomes possible. Cost-effective innovations are applied to improve the infrastructure of healthcare organisations in developing countries.
Infectious disease – In the developing world infectious diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, measles and pneumonia are major killers. The foundation works with partners towards preventing these diseases.

Grants/award programs

The foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry (LOI) during the months of April, May and June. Projects letters are to include:
• A statement of need
• Objectives and outcomes of proposal
• Who the proposal will benefit
• How the foundation can help
• How much it will cost
• A timetable and a sustainability plan

Funded Organizations/Projects

Organisations and projects previously funded by the organisation include but are not limited to:
• Partners in Health was given a two year grant of US$200,000 for the Improving Maternal and Child Health in Rwanda program in November 2013.
• KMET was given a two year grant of US$115,000 for the Rollout of Uterine Balloon Tamponade for Post-Partum Hemorrhage project in Western Kenya in November 2013.
• Children without Worms was given a two year grant of US$150,000 for the Regional Program for Neglected Infectious Diseases in Nicaragua and Paraguay in November 2014.
• Mali Health was given a two year grant of US$75,000 for the Community-Centric Care: Improving Maternal and Child Health in Peri-Urban Zones project in Mali in June 2015.
• Doctors for Global Health was given a two year grant of US$50,000 for the Partnership to Strengthen Health Care Delivery and Improve Health in Rural Communities in El Salvador project in April 2015.
• Sanergy was given a two year grant of US$130,000 for the Fresh Life in Schools project in Kenya.

Foundation’s History

Not much is known about how the Izumi Foundation was started, who started it or who is currently working for the foundation.