British chemicals supplier Croda has allocated a £2 million (about EUR 2.3 million) fund dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the Croda Foundation.

Croda decided to establish a corporate foundation, which successfully achieved charity status at the end of 2021, to benefit organisations, projects and communities globally as part of its commitment to become People Positive by 2030.

So far, the Foundation has donated approximately £1m of the £2m restricted health care grant to date, supporting projects within South Asia, Africa and Brazil which are anticipated to improve over 50 million lives. The restricted grant is funding projects that aim to:

- Improve vaccination delivery and infrastructure in under-served communities in five states in India, all of which have a high incidence of COVID-19 and low vaccination rates, training 22,300 personnel, providing staff for 3,700 vaccination centres and vaccinating more than 50 million people.
- Provide infrastructure and training for 1,000 village-based health workers and 500 frontline staff in 20 districts in Uganda, improving the health and wellbeing of around 750,000 people.
- Tackle vaccine hesitancy through education and digital inclusion, supporting 7,400 people in 10 indigenous tribes in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.

The Foundation has further projects in the pipeline which will be announced in due course.