For over a century, The Rockefeller Foundation has worked across Asia, starting with the establishment of Thailand’s first health ministry and the founding of the Peking Union Medical College in 1921, which helped build the field of modern public health across the region.
Throughout the Twentieth Century, the Foundation played a critical role in revolutionizing agriculture and advanced medicine and in supporting scientists and networks, which continues to serve the health and well-being of people across Asia. In more recent years, the Foundation has focused on expanding access to reliable power across India and Myanmar, improving healthcare in rural India, and advancing the uses of data science and sustainable finance to improve the health and working conditions of millions.
Led from our regional office in Bangkok, the Foundation supports collaboration across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through policy fellowships, along with our work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Regional Initiatives at a Glance
- Across the Asia-Pacific region, 325 million people currently live without any access to electricity, and hundreds of millions more have unreliable access. The Rockefeller Foundation is focused on scaling access to safe, reliable, and renewable energy in underserved, low-income communities as a critical tool to move out of poverty.
- We envision a world in which every community health system is equipped to apply data-driven decisions to predict and prevent disease, illness, and death before they occur. Our work in Asia has included building some of the first public health institutions in China and Thailand, supporting improved tracking and response to pandemics along the Mekong River and helping to establish the Prince Mahidol Award Conference as a major forum for high-priority global health issues.
- Co-Impact is a global collaborative focused on systems change to improve the lives of millions by advancing education, improving people’s health, and providing economic opportunity. In Asia, Co-Impact has supported several pioneering efforts to solve poverty, including the work of JEEViKA, which has successfully piloted a “graduation approach” in rural Bihar, helping lift 21,000 women from poverty, and with the ambition of empowering 100,000 more.