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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 the resources below 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 months we’ve had, all I could think was, “How am I supposed to put a positive spin on global health at a time like this?” While the state of global health these days may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking…
A health care worker holds a newborn baby. Logo: International Medical Corps
Original post published May 6, 2021 on the International Medical Corps website. 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. Since the 1947–49 Palestine war, Jordan has been a refuge for those fleeing from wars in the region. In the past 10 years, the country has welcomed more than 1 million refugees. The vast majority of them are from Syria, joining an already substantial refugee community made up of Palestinians, Iraqis and a smaller number of…
A group of women sitting down outside and looking at the camera. Logo: 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. Last year, I had an opportunity to personally see this in action. In early 2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic halted non-essential medical procedures, my dad underwent cataract surgery in both eyes. The surgery was a game-changer – it greatly improved his quality of life by restoring his ability to drive safely at night and read without glasses. Seeing these amazing results made me want to learn more about one of Global Impact’s partners, the…
An adult holding a child patient's hand
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 to visit. It wasn’t long after that I found myself kicking off a career in fundraising. Fast forward to the present day, and I am so grateful that this is where life led me. Working in fundraising has allowed me to follow causes that I…
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. What I didn’t know until more recently is that they impact lives both here at home and around the world through the Salvation Army World Service Organization (SAWSO). SAWSO has spent over 40 years helping people across 131 countries improve their circumstances, maintain their health and gain financial independence. The charity’s vision is to serve as a dedicated resource committed to responding to the global interests of The Salvation Army USA by: Developing sustainable solutions for…
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. With plans to have all U.S. citizens eligible for vaccines by May 1, we can finally see a light at the end of this long tunnel. Everyone deserves access to this life-saving medical care. However, our experience in the U.S. vastly differs from that of low-income countries. The pandemic has highlighted so many global inequities that our Charity Alliance members were already fighting against. Access to vital needs like health care, medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE), clean water and so much more is regularly limited for…


  • Title: Providing Clean Water
  • Charity: Action Against Hunger
  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Photo Credit: Peter Caton for Action Against Hunger

  • Title: Livelihoods Support in Bangladesh
  • Charity: Action Against Hunger
  • Country: Bangladesh
  • Photo Credit: Fabeha Monir for Action Against Hunger

  • Title: Emergency Response
  • Charity: Action Against Hunger
  • Country: South Sudan
  • Photo Credit: Peter Caton

  • Title: Emergency Drought Response
  • Charity: Action Against Hunger
  • Country: Madagascar
  • Photo Credit: Stéphane Rakotomalala

Droughts in Grand Sud, Madagascar, have sharply increased in both frequency and intensity in recent years. Bearing the full brunt of the effects of climate change, families who live in this region have seen drastic impacts on their livelihoods and health. In 2020, there were virtually no rains and this trend continued in 2021. Historically low rainfall levels depleted the few sources of clean water that existed in this chronically dry region. As a result, water-borne illnesses such as diarrhea have increased sharply. And, without rain, there could be no harvests. Food insecurity and malnutrition have increased dramatically. Action Against Hunger’s teams are on the ground, treating malnutrition and helping farmers adapt.

  • Title: Supporting Refugees
  • Charity: Action Against Hunger
  • Country: Uganda
  • Photo Credit: Solomon Serwanjja

Uganda is home to more than one million refugees, who are welcomed to the country with a small plot of land, the ability to work and go to school, and more. To help both refugees and the communities that host them, Action Against Hunger works with groups of farmers to help them learn new skills, grow new crops, and make the most of the limited land and water they have.

  • Title: Providing Emergency Nutrition Support
  • Charity: Action Against Hunger
  • Country: Yemen
  • Photo Credit: Nada Al-Saqaf

Now almost three years old, Watheek was born in displacement. His family fled their home when the war in Yemen worsened. With six children living in a small one-room house, his parents struggle to get by. Watheek suffered from malnutrition in 2021, and received treatment from Action Against Hunger.

  • Title: Beirut’s Fire Brigade Receives Shipments of Burn Treatments
  • Charity: Anera
  • Country: Lebanon
  • Photo Credit: Hisham Mustapha

The Beirut Fire Brigade is a first responder institution in every sense of the term. Like medical staff, the fire brigade goes into high-risk zones every day. They are on the frontlines protecting and serving the public. To aid the Brigade, Anera sent a shipment of kits customized for wildfire response and burn injuries. The kits contained items such as bandages, scissors, burn ointment, antibiotics, adrenaline, analgesics, face masks, gloves, goggles, wound disinfectant, and nebulizers. Anera distributed the donated kits among several local frontline responders, including the Beirut Fire Brigade.

  • Title: Vocational Students in Lebanon Sew Winter Clothes
  • Charity: Anera
  • Country: Lebanon
  • Photo Credit: Hisham Mustapha

Two Anera vocational sewing students in Shatila Palestinian refugee camp, Lebanon, holding up clothing they made for winterization efforts. At the Social Communication Center, in the Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camp, Anera has organized vocational sewing courses, funded by UNICEF and KFW. The sewing courses give young Palestinian refugees an opportunity to gain new skills. They also provide employment support services, including cash-for-work, so youth can earn an income while helping their communities.

  • Title: Stopping Malaria
  • Charity: Alight (formerly American Refugee Committee)
  • Country: Thailand
  • Photo Credit: Alight/ Alight

A scientist studies a malaria sample.


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Success Stories

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Rebecca Okyere, 63, began having problems with her eyes four years ago. “It felt like there were sand particles in my eyes. It really disturbed me and when I visited the hospital, the doctor said I needed surgery, but it was too expensive for me. It was great news when I heard about this outreach program. When the surgery was performed, they covered my eye with the patch so I couldn’t see. The patch has been removed today and I can see better than before. I am so happy that I didn’t go blind so I can continue to sell my porridge and not depend on my relatives to take care of me.” Rebecca was overjoyed when her eye patch was removed after cataract surgery at Cape Coast Teaching Hospital in Ghana. Not only has her eyesight been restored, but also her livelihood and hope for the future.
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, your child might die.” Women’s Health to Wealth, an Americares partner in Ghana has a unique partnership with the drone service Zipline. When a shipment of medicine and medical supplies from Americares arrives in Ghana, Women’s Health to Wealth makes it available to clinics throughout the Ashanti Region and beyond, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service. Health facilities within Zipline’s Mpanya distribution center service area can also call Zipline anytime for a delivery. Thousands of items, including lifesaving IV fluids, antibiotics, prenatal supplements and other medicines and supplies from Americares…
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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 work. Without daycare, many of the young parents would not be able to earn an income to support their families. Fe y Alegria, a Jesuit network of organizations helping the disadvantaged and poor since 1955, has preschools within this community offering free services to children up to 5 years of age. These services include: monitoring and evaluating the child’s development, nutritional supplementation and home interventions when needed. The administrator of the preschool feeds the children three nutritious meals per day. Although it doesn’t sound like a huge accomplishment, she does this on just $1 (one…
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 than a decade ago. Bravo is in his late 90s and has worked all his life in agriculture, in the fertile and sun-baked fields of south-eastern Arizona. The crops here are plentiful – avocados, tomatoes, chili seeds – and while many people don’t think of Arizona as a place of family farms, more than $23.5 billion a year in agricultural products are grown here and Arizona exports food to more than 70 countries around the world. The settlement known as Winchester Heights, located in Cochise County, has emerged as a backbone of this important industry…
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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 the pandemic, COVID-19 is putting education on hold for more than 137 million children in Latin America and the Caribbean. This is according to a new UNICEF report about the devastating impacts of COVID-19 on education. Since the start of the pandemic, children in Latin American and the Caribbean have already lost on average four times more days of schooling (174) compared to the rest of the world. In a region with over 11 million cases of COVID-19 to date, most students are now at risk of missing out on an entire school year. While schools are gradually reopening in several parts of the world, the vast majority of classrooms are still closed across the region. Almost half of all countries in Latin…
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 lack of adequately trained surgeons forces some patients to wait for years before they’re able to receive treatment, which worsens their conditions and further burdens the health system. However, Operation Smile is helping to alleviate this needless suffering by empowering local health care workers with training and education. Starting in 2015, Operation Smile has partnered with the University of Rwanda, Partners In Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health to host twice-annual surgical training rotations. Now the organization’s primary focus in the country, the rotations became formalized after a series of international medical missions conducted…