Our partners and funders

We work in close partnership with the leading health organisations focused on developing countries. We are funded by some of the world’s most prestigious scientific organisations, development agencies and philanthropic foundations.


The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. LSHTM has carried out the quantitative evaluations for a number of DMI media campaigns, and is currently supervising the externally run baseline, midline and endline surveys for our randomised controlled trial in Burkina Faso.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. We work closely with WHO's global headquarters in Geneva, regional office for Africa in Brazzaville, and country teams to ensure that our strategic focus and detailed campaign design is aligned with their policy priorities and technical objectives. Our partnership is formalised by a Memorandum of Understanding, which endorses DMI's methodologies. WHO has also previously funded a DMI campaign on maternal and child health in India.


The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) joins the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) communities into an alliance of more than 500 members to ensure that all women, infants and children not only remain healthy, but thrive. DMI works closely with PMNCH to co-ordinate its activities with partners across the public, non-profit and private sectors working on RMNCH issues. In addition, PMNCH funded DMI to produce a TV advert for Deliver Now in 2009.


Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2010, Every Woman Every Child aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015. It is an unprecedented global movement that mobilizes and intensifies international and national action by governments, multilaterals, the private sector and civil society to address the major health challenges facing women and children around the world. DMI's RCT in Burkina Faso is one of the many global commitments made to EWEC.


Current funders

The Wellcome Trust is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health. It supports the brightest minds in biomedical research and the medical humanities. Its breadth of support includes public engagement, education and the application of research to improve health.The trust is funding the research component of DMI’s RCT in Burkina Faso.


The Planet Wheeler Foundation, a prescribed ancillary fund, was established in 2008 by Maureen and Tony Wheeler, founders of Lonely Planet Publications. Planet Wheeler is based in Melbourne, Australia and currently funds over 60 projects in 30 countries in the developing world. Their purpose is to support practical and effective projects which make a difference in the alleviation of poverty. The foundation is funding the media component of DMI’s RCT in Burkina Faso.


The Mulago Foundation is a private foundation based in California that was founded carry on the life work of Rainer Arnhold. Mulago looks for the best solutions to the biggest problems in the poorest countries. It is particularly focused on impact: measuring it, funding it, and scaling it up. Mulago is providing unrestricted funding to DMI to help with the launch of the Media Million Lives initiative.


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, founded in 2000, is one of the largest private foundations in the world. In developing countries it works to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty. The foundation runs the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative, which fosters scientific and technological innovation to solve key health problems in the developing world. DMI has recently been selected for a seed grant through this scheme to pilot an innovative approach to promoting maternal and child health using short entertaining films that can be watched on mobile phones.


The Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) is the bilateral aid agency of the Government of Taiwan, and is dedicated to boosting socio-economic development, enhancing human resources and promoting economic relations in a range of developing partner countries, including Burkina Faso. TaiwanICDF is providing additional funding in support of our ongoing activities in Burkina Faso.


Previous funders

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the US bilateral aid agency supporting international development. It funds health communications projects across the world and has previously funded a DMI campaign on tuberculosis in Brazil.


The Department for International Development (DFID) is the UK's bilateral aid agency. It works directly in 28 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. DFID has previously funded DMI campaigns in Mozambique and Kenya.


The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is an independent, progressive organisation committed to funding radical change towards a better world. For their centenary in 2004, they searched for 'visionaries' with a big idea to make the world - or part of it - more just and more peaceful. DMI's CEO, Roy Head, was awarded a 'Visionaries' grant to conduct research on new campaign methodologies.


The David & Elaine Potter Foundation is a charitable family foundation established in 1999 to encourage a stronger, fairer civil society. It seeks to achieve an impact through grants that promote reason, education, and human rights, in the hope of improving mutual understanding, reinforcing good governance, and encouraging the growth and maintenance of a robust civil society, particularly in less developed countries. It provided crucial core funding to DMI during its early years.


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