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One-third of all deaths in children under the age of 5 are caused by common and preventable infectious diseases . The burden is most severe in low-and-middle income countries(LMICs). Breast milk prevents infection and, if initiated early and sustained, is a strong predictor of infant survival.  Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months could prevent an estimated 823,000 under-five deaths every year .
D-Rev, nonprofit organization, designs and delivers world-class, cost-effective medical technologies that address critical health issues disproportionately affecting the global poor.
They are currently developing a breastfeeding promotion tool that will provide education and support specific to the needs and experiences of mothers in LMICs. Leveraging the popularity of chat-based apps, D-Rev aims to democratize what is an expensive and scarce resource: expert lactation support. Through user-friendly, mother-centric videos, animations, and diagrams, our tool will teach new mothers comfortable techniques and easy-to-remember facts, setting a solid foundation for breastfeeding longevity.
In 2020, D-Rev aims to pilot a beta version in India and East Africa, where there is great need and opportunity for change. Respectively, India and East Africa constitute 19% and 12% of the world’s births, and 29% and 19% of the world’s neonatal deaths . A full launch is planned for 2022.
FUNDING GAP: US $1.7M
736 million people in the world are extreme poor according to the World Bank. This means that they live on less than $1.90. More than half of the extreme poor reside in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Village Enterprise’s mission is to end extreme poverty in rural Africa through entrepreneurship and innovation. With 30 years of experience serving as a pioneer in the quest to help rural Africans lift themselves from poverty, Village Enterprise’s community-based, participatory program reflects a bottom-up approach to micro-enterprise development.
Through local leadership and a strong record of adaptation and innovation, Village Enterprise has been recognized by industry leaders, including ImpactMatters, Innovations for Poverty Action, The Life You Can Save, and Founders Pledge as evidence-based and cost-effective.
Village Enterprise works one village at a time to end extreme poverty in rural Africa. With only $30,000, you can lift an entire village out of extreme poverty by starting 50 small businesses, training 150 new enterprising poor to business skills and financial literacy, creating 5 business savings groups and transforming the lives of 150 families or 1,000 people.
FUND-A-VILLAGE FROM US$ 30,000
Development Media International
Tanzania has one of the world’s highest rates of chronic malnutrition, with a 34% stunting rate in children under 5. Stunting before age two predicts poorer cognitive and educational outcomes in later life and has critical education and economic consequences for the individual, household and community. Tackling stunting early is, therefore, a cost-effective method of improving wellbeing and reducing morbidity in the long term.
DMI is a non-profit organization that runs high impact evidence-based radio, TV and mobile campaigns to change behaviors and improve lives in low-income countries. DMI has an evidence-base that is unparalleled in the world of mass media, having run the first-ever randomized controlled trial to show that mass media can impact behaviors. Its campaigns are highly cost-effective, as they are able to reach millions of listeners at a time at a high intensity, and because all messaging is based on extensive formative research so that it can be tailored to the contexts of local audiences to ensure it is engaging, relevant and impactful.
DMI has been running a radio and TV campaign in Tanzania to reach over 10 million listeners with messaging on a range of topics to tackle stunting, including maternal nutrition, breastfeeding and early childhood development. This 5-year campaign will end in March 2020, but DMI aims to extend it in order to support the Government of Tanzania to realize its ambitious target to reduce stunting from 34% to 28% by 2021, in accordance with Sustainable Development Goal 2.2. DMI aims to extend this high-impact campaign until 2021, to reach audiences with informative messages at a cost of approximately $0.05 per person reached.
FUNDING GAP: DMI has already secured some co-funding for this campaign, but a funding gap of US$ 286,000 remains.
GiveDirectly is raising matching funds for use in unlocking new partnerships with large institutional funders. The investment thesis is both to increase direct impact by attracting matching institutional funding, and also to indirectly impact the aid ecosystem more broadly by removing institutional barriers to the use of cash transfers.
Institutional funders (e.g. USAID, DfID) are the largest funders of international development work, spending tens of billions of dollars each year. Very little of this aid currently flows directly to the extreme poor through cash grants, with estimates ranging from 0%-2% across agencies. GiveDirectly sees enormous potential to expand this market by removing barriers that have slowed cash transfer adoption.
Matching funds are key to this effort. Cash transfers are a relatively new and politically risky approach for many aid institutions. Bringing matching capital into an agreement de-risks it for the agency and in some cases unlocks specific procurement mechanisms that would otherwise be unavailable. GiveDirectly has successfully used this approach to close $25M to date in partnerships with the two largest bilateral aid agencies, designing a series of landmark evaluations and reforming internal policies in the process. They currently have an additional $37M in outstanding opportunities in our pipeline requiring $18M in match funding to unlock against $10M in available matching funds, implying an opportunity to deploy a further $8M.
FUNDING GAP: US$ 8 million
Sub-Saharan Africa makes up 13% of the world’s population, yet suffers 66% of global maternal deaths, 41% of stillbirths, and 40% of newborn deaths. Living Goods is proving that together we can change this and save millions of lives through community health worker (CHW) programs.
Living Goods supports digitally-empowered CHWs who go door-to-door within their communities providing free health education and diagnoses, and providing or selling lifesaving medicines and health-related products. CHWs focus on health interventions that drastically reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity. Living Goods works with governments and partners to leverage smart mobile technology, strengthen performance, and cost-effectively deliver high-quality health services.
Living Goods aims to scale and expand access to quality care by supporting additional CHWs.
In 2020, your gift of US$ 25,000:
- Supports 10 CHWs in Africa, who:
- Reach 8,000 people with access to lifesaving care, providing approximately:
- 2,900 assessments and 2,250 diagnoses and treatments/referrals for children under five
- Support for 500 pregnancies.
- Reach 8,000 people with access to lifesaving care, providing approximately:
Innovations for Poverty Action
So many critical policy questions can be answered with improved data and evidence: from helping teachers know how to best use their classroom time, to helping policymakers understand whether their resources are reaching far-flung places. Empowering governments to leverage data and evidence for decision-making can transform policy.
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a research and policy nonprofit that improves lives by discovering and advancing what works to reduce poverty, works with government agencies to build Embedded Evidence Labs as catalysts for better use of data and evidence across government.
Labs equip IPA’s government partners to regularly use evidence to improve their decision-making, policies, and programs. The vision is for evidence labs to become institutionalized hubs for partners’ own evidence and data activities, which partners eventually own and run. Through improving government policy and programming, evidence labs will impact millions of lives.
FUNDING GAP: US$ 350,000 needed for embedded evidence labs
Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury that destroys a woman’s life by leaving her incontinent, humiliated, and too often shunned by her community. It is caused by prolonged, obstructed labor—and the most vulnerable are young women in poor, rural areas with limited access to health services.
Corrective surgery is the only cure.
In Madagascar, demand for fistula surgery is exploding. Word has spread throughout the country about Fistula Foundation’s high-quality partner hospitals and doctors—thanks in large part to the scores of healed women who have become fistula advocates in their communities. In 2020, doctors aim to treat a record 1,200 women with fistula in Madagascar, and possibly more if funding allows. To achieve this goal, we will work together to expand community outreach into rural areas, train more fistula surgeons, and add an additional fistula hospital to their network of care.
TOTAL MADAGASCAR PROGRAM NEED: U$ 663,140
Evidence Action’s Dispensers for Safe Water
Globally, diarrhea is the second-leading cause of childhood mortality, killing an estimated 525,000 children under the age of 5 each year, often as a result of unsafe water.
Evidence Action’s Dispensers for Safe Water program installs chlorine dispensers next to rural water sources in sub-Saharan Africa, enabling communities in hard-to-reach places to chlorinate their water. The water stays safe to drink for up to three days.
Rigorous evidence shows that Dispensers for Safe Water’s approach—building on existing routines and collaborating with communities to maintain dispensers and promote their use— results in particularly high rates of water chlorination. This makes the program highly cost-effective.
Dispensers for Safe Water currently serves 4 million people across Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi at a cost of a little more than $1/person/year. As a result, every year, an estimated 450,000 potentially fatal cases of diarrhea in children under 5 are averted.
FUNDING GAP: The total DSW Program Need is US $800,000
Project Healthy Children-Sanku
Children in low-income countries are hardest hit by malnutrition. Most children there do not have access to healthy foods, and every meal is primarily starchy flour. A lack of key dietary vitamins and minerals is an underlying factor for many child deaths. According to UNICEF, around 3 million children die due to undernutrition every year. For millions more, chronic malnutrition will result in stunting – an irreversible condition that literally stunts the physical and cognitive growth of children.
Project Healthy Children-Sanku is a nonprofit social enterprise fighting to end malnutrition by adding micronutrients that are scientifically proven to improve health and vitality into the food Africans eat the most. The organization’s vision is to guarantee that every meal consumed by every mother and child contains lifesaving nutrients—forever!
PHC-Sanku has already provided the required incentives, tools, training, and support to nearly 400 small millers across East Africa who are producing critical fortified flour for over two million people daily.
In 2020, PHC-Sanku aims to scale their reach from two million people to three million. To achieve this goal, they will grow their team from 28 to 45 staff members and will manufacture and install an additional 200 IT-enabled fortification machines at mills throughout Tanzania, a country where 130 children die daily due to malnutrition-related causes. They project their operating cost to be as low as 68 cents per person for 2020.
FUNDING GAP: US$ 2,488,167 for the Tanzania program in 2020
The Fred Hollows Foundation
4 out of 5 people who are blind don’t have to be – they’re blind because they live in a country without enough eye doctors, they cannot afford medical treatment, or they are unaware that their vision can be restored.
Each year in Nepal an additional 60,000 people lose their sight due to cataract, even though cataract surgery is straightforward and relatively affordable. Women and people living in rural areas are often unable to receive eye exams or treatment that could restore their vision.
In 2020, The Fred Hollows Foundation and our partners aim to:
- Provide eye exams for 118,000 people
- Subsidise the cost of 2,000 cataract surgeries for those who otherwise couldn’t afford it
- Train 800 health workers in remote villages to educate their communities, diagnose eye conditions, and refer people for treatment
- Provide eye health equipment to 12 health clinics
FUNDING GAP 2020: US$883,759
Against Malaria Foundation
Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) works to prevent the spread of malaria by distributing long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets to susceptible populations in developing countries.
An AMF net costs only US$2.00, and each net will protect two people for up to three years – it’s one of the most cost-effective interventions for saving lives.
AMF’s current funding gap:
- Country A – 12 million nets (US$24m)
- Country B – 1 million nets (US$2m)
- Country C – 5 million nets (US$10m)
- Country D – 4 million nets (US$8m)
- Country E – 4.5 million nets (US$9m)
Note: AMF does not publicize country names until negotiations are complete and agreements have been signed with its suppliers and implementing partners.