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We are here to share about the charities that are known to be highly effective in their programmes targeting international development and health. These charities are evidence-backed and carefully vetted by EA organisations. We believe that these charities provide us with exceptional opportunities to make a direct impact in global poverty alleviation.
Against Malaria Foundation (AMF)
AMF provides funding for long-lasting insecticide-treated net (LLIN) distributions for protection against malaria in developing countries. There is strong evidence that distributing nets reduces child mortality and malaria cases. AMF has relatively strong reporting requirements for its distribution partners and provides a level of public disclosure and tracking of distributions that GiveWell (charity evaluator) have not seen from any other net distribution charity. AMF's post-distribution surveys have generally found positive results, but GiveWell states there are some methodological limitations.
Malaria Consortium works on preventing, controlling, and treating malaria and other communicable diseases in Africa and Asia. GiveWell has only reviewed its seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) program, which aims to distribute preventive anti-malarial drugs to children 3-months to 59-months old in order to prevent illness and death from malaria. There is strong evidence that SMC substantially reduces cases of malaria. GiveWell's recommendation is just for the SMC part of Malaria Consortium's work.
Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI)
SCI works with governments in sub-Saharan Africa to create or scale up programs that treat schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) ("deworming"). SCI's role has primarily been to identify country recipients, provide funding to governments for government-implemented programs, provide advisory support, and conduct monitoring and evaluation on the process and outcomes of the programs. GiveWell believes that there is relatively strong evidence for the positive impact of deworming.
Deworm the World Initiative (run by Evidence Action)
The Deworm the World Initiative, led by Evidence Action, advocates for, supports, and evaluates government-run school-based deworming program. Deworm the World sends monitors to schools during and after deworming to determine whether the programs it supports have reached a large proportion of children targeted. GiveWell has reviewed data from its two largest programs and one new program, which overall indicate strong results.
The END Fund
The END Fund manages grants, provides technical assistance, and raises funding for controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). GiveWell has only reviewed the programs that treat schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis (STH) ("deworming"); their recommendation is just for this part of the END Fund's work.
GiveDirectly transfers cash to households in developing countries via mobile phone-linked payment services. They target extremely low-income households. GiveWell believes that the available evidence supports the idea that unconditional cash transfers significantly help people. It appears that GiveDirectly has been effective at delivering cash to low-income households.
One Acre Fund
One Acre Fund helps farmers boost their farming productivity—increasing harvest per acre, sales, and income. They provide farmers with start up financing, seeds and fertilizer, agricultural training, and market facilitation to help maximize profit. One Acre Fund currently serves farmers based in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Burundi. In 2015, One Acre Farm served 305,000 farm families throughout East Africa. In 2016, that number is projected to grow to 420,000 families.
Living Goods runs a network of Community Health Promoters (CHPs) who sell health and household goods door-to-door in their communities in Uganda and Kenya and provide basic health counseling. Living Goods also provides consulting and funding to BRAC to run a similar network in Uganda and to other organizations to run similar networks in other locations. Their randomized-controlled trial (RCT) shows that Living Goods' program reduced child mortality by a very large amount.
Village Enterprise identifies the extreme poor in Kenya and Uganda and delivers a four part program to build businesses that increase household income: entrepreneurship training, a cash grant, business mentoring and a savings group. Businesses are started in groups of 3 participants which are later organized into Business Savings groups of 10 businesses each. There is strong evidence that the Village Enterprise program leads to a significant and persistent increase in income.
Dispensers for Safe Water
Dispensers for Safe Water is a sustainable rural water service that ensures access to safe drinking water for more than 3 million people in rural Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi. They treat water with chlorine, a proven, low-cost water treatment solution, and maintains a sustainable service delivery, not a one-time hardware installation. Success is measured by actual use of chlorine, and by leveraging cues from behavioral economics to achieve high rates of adoption.
Food Fortification Initiative (FFI)
The Food Fortification Initiative (FFI) works to reduce micronutrient deficiencies (especially folic acid and iron deficiencies) by doing advocacy and providing assistance to countries as they design and implement flour and rice fortification programs. GiveWell believes that food fortification with certain micronutrients can be a highly effective intervention.
Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) works to improve health through staple foods that are fortified with essential nutrients. GiveWell focuses exclusively on GAIN's work assisting universal salt iodization (USI) programs. Their USI activities vary considerably across countries and include advocacy, technical assistance, supplying equipment, training government officials and salt producers, and monitoring, among others. There is strong evidence that salt iodization programs have a significant, positive effect on children's cognitive development and do so cost-effectively.
Iodine Global Network (IGN)
The Iodine Global Network (IGN) aims to reduce iodine deficiency globally by advocating for national salt iodization programs, tracking progress on iodization, and providing global and country-specific guidance on related programmatic and scientific issues. GiveWell believes there is strong evidence that salt iodization increases cognitive development in children with mild to moderate iodine deficiency.
Project Healthy Children (PHC)
Project Healthy Children (PHC) aims to reduce micronutrient deficiencies by providing assistance to small countries as they design and implement food fortification programs. GiveWell guesses that PHC generally works in countries with relatively high levels of micronutrient deficiencies, since it tends to work in countries where the average income per person is very low and major health problems are relatively common. GiveWell believes that food fortification with certain micronutrients can be a highly effective intervention.
Sightsavers is a large organization with multiple program areas that focuses on preventing avoidable blindness and supporting people with impaired vision. Their work to prevent and treat neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and, more specifically, advocating for, funding, and monitoring deworming program (through mass-drug administration) was reviewed by GiveWell. Sightsavers have demonstrated a strong track record and excellent cost-effectiveness for deworming.
Fred Hollows Foundation
The Fred Hollows Foundation works to prevent and cure blindness and visual impairment among the extreme poor by training surgeons and other healthcare workers, funding treatments and surgeries, building and upgrading medical facilities, providing equipment, funding research and supporting advocacy. They have established factories to produce low-cost intraocular lenses for cataract surgery. Their work have restored vision to well over a million people and protected the eyesight of many millions more.
Seva works with existing local programs and institutions, providing a range of vision care and blindness prevention procedures. They provide free or low-cost eye exams, glasses, medical treatment and surgery to those who cannot afford to pay the full cost of these procedures. Seva’s revolutionary cataract interventions mean that as little as $50 can fund a cataract surgery for an individual in the developing world.
Population Services International (PSI)
PSI works to combat the dual problems of lack of health awareness and lack of available health care through its innovative educational campaigns and support for community health services franchises. PSI maximizes impact by targeting health care issues that are cost-effective to treat and yet often remain overlooked in the developing world. Their initiatives have so far prevented 9,246 maternal deaths; and 379,286 deaths due to malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia in 2015.
Development Media International (DMI)
Development Media International (DMI) produces radio and television programming in developing countries that encourage people to adopt improved health practices, such as exclusive breastfeeding of infants and seeking treatment for symptoms associated with fatal diseases. The program aims to reduce mortality among children less than five years old. Conceptually, mass media interventions have the potential to be highly cost-effective, though GiveWell has not seen strong evidence that they are cost-effective in practice.
Possible provides free and cost-effective health care services to Nepal’s rural poor in partnership with government medical programs and have been able to scale their services. In doing so, Possible is helping to rebuild health care infrastructure in a country devastated by civil war and natural disasters. Under its durable health care model, Possible is compensated by the Nepali government on a results-basis.
Obstetric fistula is a devastating injury caused by difficult childbirth that renders the woman incontinent and can only be cured with surgery. It affects the poorest women in the poorest parts of the developing world - women often find it difficult to reintegrate into their communities, including facing ostracism by their families. Fistula Foundation has funded more than 19,300 surgeries in the last six years - more than any other organization in the world that does not receive government money.
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