It’s not enough to simply give to charity and hope for the best. Knowing where our money goes and having it make it an impact are important. But which charities are the most effective?
Against Malaria Foundation
Anti-malaria nets are the most effective way to prevent the spread of malaria. In fact, if 78% of the population at risk of malaria used these nets properly, the disease could even be eradicated.
And that’s why Against Malaria Foundation comes in. Since 2005, it has handed out over 53.7 million anti-malaria nets, protecting tens of millions from the disease around the world. And they’re transparent- you can track their donations real time and easily see where there money goes.
By keeping costs low, staying up to date with technology and having many partners including Microsoft, DHL and PWC work for free, it is one of the only charities where you can see 100% of your donations go directly towards the cause. 100% of your money buys nets.
Deworm the World Initiative
Although unheard of in the developed world, over 836 million children worldwide are at risk of parasitic worm infections, seriously threatening their mental and physical development.
To combat this, Deworm the World helps governments enforce school programs where staff treat their children with deworming pills. And it’s very successful. Each year, the organisation manages to treat each chid for less than 50 cents.
By supporting governments in India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Vietnam, and Nigeria in 2016, the initiative managed to treat over 196 million children. And this year, by supporting India’s National Deworming Day, it saw over 260 million children aged 1-19 receive deworming treatment.
Development Media International (DMI)
In 2015, 1.8 million African children died before their fifth birthday from easily treatable diseases. If their parents had just recognised their symptoms and taken them to a health facility, they could have been saved.
DMI’s strategy stands out from other charities. Rather than just focusing on the “supply side” of poverty intervention- providing health care services and training doctors, it focuses on the “demand side”. Working with local actors, the organisation creates radio sketches providing basic yet crucial information on topics from reproductive health to tuberculosis. Their aim is to encourage families to make best usage of local healthcare facilities.
And already, these campaigns have seen success. In Burkino Faso for example, their media program saw a 35% increase in parents of children with symptoms of diseases like malaria seeking treatment. In fact, their campaigns manage to add a year of healthy life for an average of $20– making it one of the cheapest health interventions out there.