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Good health is the foundation for a thriving future

We believe in opportunity

We believe in a world where every person has the potential to thrive. By improving the health of individuals, families, and communities, we can help improve outcomes for an individual’s education, employment, food security, and safety.

We believe in collaboration

Collaboration is at the heart of the Shefa Fund. We believe that the greatest impact on the greatest number of lives happens when we work together. Members of the Shefa Fund collectively fund programs that improve the health of children and families across the Middle East and beyond.

We believe in partnership

The Shefa Fund partners with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—a leader in global health and development—to identify programs in need of urgent funding. Rather than duplicating efforts, the Shefa Fund effectively leverages the rigor and expertise of the Gates Foundation to invest in low-cost, high-impact programs.

About Us

Our Founders

The Shefa Fund is the first donor collaborative based in the Middle East to foster collaboration between philanthropists and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the goal of improving the health of children and families. Launched in 2012, the Shefa Fund was sparked by a conversation between Khaled and Olfat Juffali and Bill Gates. Together, the Juffalis created the vision for the Shefa Fund and have encouraged collaboration with like-minded philanthropists who are interested in improving the lives of those most in need.

Our Portfolio of Grants

Polio Eradication
Emergency Relief
Meningitis A
Water and Sanitation
Cutaneous Leishmaniasis
Sleeping Sickness
Other Neglected Tropical Diseases

Our Impact






In Total Granting



by completed grants