Mosquito nets for beds are distributed to families in
Despite breakthroughs in
medical science and international investment, millions of children die every
year from preventable diseases like tuberculosis, malaria and AIDS. One of the
greatest challenges facing aid organizations and governments around the world is
maximizing the impact of this investment and ensuring that as many lives are
saved as possible. According to a recent report, this will be possible only if
international funding for health care initiatives is spent more effectively.
Assessing the Impact
The report, titled "More
Health for the Money," was published by the Center for Global
for Money initiative. Key findings of the report suggest that although
levels of international funding remain high in the fight against TB, malaria and
AIDS, monetary support must be allocated more efficiently to save lives.
International health care funding reached a plateau of $28.2 billion in 2010,
with much of this funding being used to combat malaria, TB and AIDS,
particularly in African nations. However, despite the amount of foreign
assistance provided to the world's poorest countries, more than 3 million people
die every year from these diseases.
The complexities of providing funding
to overseas health care programs present funders with many unique challenges.
Supporting disease prevention programs is not as simple as just giving money to
a country where illnesses such as TB and malaria are prevalent. International
regulatory mandates can conflict with the goals of a funding project, and
financial incentives can limit the potential impact on children in need and
their families. For these reasons, the Center for Global Development recommends
that the foreign assistance process should be reexamined to reduce wasted
funding and maximize the return on investment of international health care
The needs of every country's
populations are different, which makes funding health care a particularly
complex challenge. To address these obstacles, the Center for Global
Development's Value for Money initiative has identified four areas that could
benefit from a more targeted and streamlined approach to foreign assistance:
allocation of funding, design of contracts, collection of data on how money is
being used to help families, and verification of support programs'
The Center for Global Development hopes to transform the
way foreign assistance is used, but there are ways you can help, too. Sponsoring a child is one of the most
effective ways you can help support a child and his or her family in one of the world's poorest countries. ChildFund's 75 years
of experience working with children in need, as well as our partnerships with
local organizations in the 30 countries we serve, help us allocate money to
projects that will have the most positive impact on families.
Just $28 per
month will allow ChildFund to provide a boy or girl with nutritious food, clean
drinking water and access to potentially lifesaving medical care. In Liberia,
malaria poses a serious threat to children's lives, particularly those living in
rural areas where access to medical clinics is limited. Your support can help us
provide the essentials a child needs to survive.
Another way you can help
is by making a donation to one of ChildFund's special projects, such as providing
chemically treated mosquito nets to families living in Kenya. Our goal is to
raise $23,476, and since launching this project in November 2012, we have raised
more than $10,000 thanks to the support of our donors. When funding of this
project is reached, we will be able to provide nets that will benefit 2,850
children and more than 300 lactating mothers across the Embu region. These nets
will save lives and reduce medical costs for families living in poverty, so
please consider making a donation to this project today.