Global Health & Child Survival

Good health and well-being are central building blocks in fighting poverty and in ensuring sustainable development. Prior to the pandemic, significant improvements were being made to improve health systems, but the strain of COVID-19 has caused setbacks and opened our eyes to the need for greater preparedness in public services.  

  • Almost 1 in every 15 children in developing countries dies before the age of 5, most of them from hunger-related causes.
  • An estimated 49 million people globally are blind. 
  • 2.4 million newborns die each year in the first 28 days of life, mostly from preventable and treatable causes. 

The good news is our charity partners listed below are working to ensure that people of all ages can lead happy, healthy lives. Programs to improve global health include reducing inequities, combatting preventable diseases, and increasing access to quality medical facilities and treatments, prenatal and infant care, mental health services, community health worker training and more. 

Explore blog posts, images, success stories and videos to see the impact of their work.  

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When tasked with writing a blog post that would be published in the middle of November, my first thought was, “Perfect, easy – everyone loves a post that is comforting, moving and inspiring during the season of giving thanks!” When I learned the blog post topic was global health, well … after the last 18…
A health care worker holds a newborn baby. Logo: International Medical Corps
This week we’re featuring our Charity Alliance partner International Medical Corps! Learn about the vital work they’re doing to support Syrian refugee mothers during the COVID-19 pandemic in this guest blog post.
A group of women sitting down outside and looking at the camera. Logo: cureblindness.org Himalayan Cataract Project
The 2 million cataract surgeries that are performed in the U.S. each year make the procedure feel routine, when actually the results are quite extraordinary.
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When I left college nine years ago, like many, I was suddenly confronted with the big question – what’s next? With no set plan or vision for what I wanted to do, I decided to start my job search with one of my favorite hobbies – I began working in the museums that I loved…
A group of people stand together next to a building.
For a long time, I only knew The Salvation Army for the thrift stores and the bell ringers that we see around the holidays.
Blue graphic of two hands preparing a COVID-19 vaccine with a world map behind them.
Many of us are excitedly and not-so-patiently waiting for our COVID-19 vaccine appointments. However, our experience in the U.S. vastly differs from that of low-income countries. 

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Americares ER staff responding to Cyclone Idai in Mozambique
When Ellen Donkor’s baby had a fever, she rushed the little girl to a clinic near Kumasi, Ghana, where doctors prescribed lifesaving medicine that parachuted from the sky – delivered by a drone. “If not for this service, we would be referred to another hospital,” Donkor says. “By the time you see the doctor there,…
7 preschoolers wearing helmets
Bogota, Colombia is a capital city filled with commerce and tourism. But, just outside the city center exists a noticeable contrast in housing and economic development where the poorest families reside. Many of the city’s poorest families live on the outskirts in the mountains, and they have very difficult commutes into the city center for…
Wellness Checks for Migrant Workers
Felix Bravo, known to all in his unique and tight-knit Arizona border community as “Don” Bravo, is a man of few words. The “Don” prefers to sit quietly and watch as the youngsters enjoy a special retirement party in the sparse but brightly decorated community center that the people here raised funds to build more…
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On 16 September 2020, a student stands in an empty classroom in Panama City, Panama. A generation of children in Latin America and the Caribbean are missing out on schooling because of COVID-19. Due to the pandemic, 97 per cent of the region’s students have been deprived of their normal schooling. More than seven months into…
A surgeon performing a surgery while a white male technican and two black (one male and one female) technicans are observing
Rwanda faces dire challenges when it comes to the number and skill of its health care professionals: Only two reconstructive plastic surgeons and 18 anesthesiologists serve the country of nearly 12 million people. And the need extends far beyond cleft conditions. In Rwanda, much of the surgical demand results from trauma and burn wounds. The…
Michel became a mom in June 2021, when baby Nathan was born; she’s part of the Wayuu community. She lives with her dad, brother and another child that a friend asked her to care for two years ago. She’s a medical laboratory technician and holds a B.A. in Administration. Although she currently works as a…