October: Global Health Fundraising
Deworm the World Initiative (by Evidence Action)
Intestinal worms enter into the human body through ingesting contaminated food and water, and through the soles of the feet. They live off the iron in human blood, rarely killing the human but causing both acute and long-term anemia, malnourishment, and physical and cognitive problems. Brains don’t develop well in childhood without iron to help them grow. About 1.2 billion people, nearly all experiencing poverty, are infected with intestinal worms.
Deworming, the administration of oral drugs to remove infestations of intestinal worms, is considered by many to be the most powerful global health intervention known today. Deworming pills are cheap, safe, scalable, and strikingly effective with cure rates approaching 100 percent. And rigorous studies have documented substantial impacts on overall adult health, education, and even cognition from childhood deworming.
Every 50 cents you give can deworm one child for a whole year through our partnership with the Deworm the World Initiative, a recognized school-based deworming leader, and a GiveWell top charity.
Against Malaria Foundation
Malaria is a debilitating parasitic infection transmitted through the bites of mosquitoes. It is the world’s single largest killer of children and pregnant women. According to the World Health Organization, in 2018, 228 million clinical cases of malaria occurred, and 405,000 people died of malaria, most of them children in Africa. Some other estimates say that millions die of malaria annually. Many countries already experiencing economic hardship find that this disease creates a vicious cycle of further disease and poverty.
We can stop this killer cheaply and effectively with modern insecticide-treated mosquito bednets. Every $2 donated provides 1 lifesaving bednet through our partnership with the Against Malaria Foundation, a highly reputable organization that is also a GiveWell top charity. As little as two or three bednets can save an entire household.
Living Water International
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with feces. 159 million people are dependent on surface water, a terribly unhealthy source of water for human consumption. Dirty water is bad for human beings—very bad. It results in a WHO-estimated 842,000 people, mostly children, dying each year from diarrhea related to unhealthy drinking water. In a recent UC Berkeley study on the effects of introducing infant formula into majority world countries, it was found that when formula was introduced in areas with unclean water, it killed approximately 66,000 infants a year.
Clean water can obviously prevent a host of human suffering, stave off legions of child health problems, and dramatically reduce infant mortality.
While there is arguably no better health initiative than clean water, it has to be done properly. Sub-Saharan Africa is littered with 50,000 defunct boreholes drilled by well-meaning charities that did not have the relevant expertise and resources to maintain sustainable clean water practices.
Living Water International is an expert Christian organization that specializes in sustainable clean water solutions along with gospel proclamation. They have a 30-year history of best practices with a proven track record of success in 18 countries. As members of the Accord Network and Millennium Water Alliance, they are highly regarded as an industry leader. Their emphasis on long term commitments, local control, and comprehensive interventions including hygiene, sanitation, education, behavioral change, and spiritual transformation make them an effective partner.
Every $60 raised in partnership with Living Water will make a holistic impact by providing one person with sustainable clean water access, sanitation and hygiene training, and the opportunity to hear the gospel.
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