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The Fight Poverty program uses donations to help support school-based deworming programs to in an effort to combat parasitic worms (soil-transmitted helminth infections) that prevent infected children from attending school.
The intervention is simple, cheap, and scalable thanks to the existing network of schools in areas that children are most commonly infected.
We estimate the cost effectiveness of this program to be $129.87/QALY, which over 385 times more effective than the U.S. healthcare intervention threshold of $50,000/QALY.
QALY stands for Quality-Adjust Life-Year. It is a metric that can be used to help simplify the process of comparing two or more charities whose programs are meant to increase the length of a person's life and/or increase the quality of a person's life.
Click Here to learn more about the QALY metric, to see our calculations, or to use our calculator to compare other charities to the Fight Poverty program.
The January 2017 update from the World Health Organization confirms:
Combating worms, specifically for school-aged children, is a massive issue. Evidence Action estimate that worm infections result in a combined 200+ million years of primary schooling lost. Thankfully, treating these worms is inexpensive and efficient through school-based programs.
Outside of our own calculations, our decision to raise money for Evidence Action was heavily influenced by the research conducted by GiveWell. Givewell is an organization that focuses primarily on evaluating charities based on their effectiveness. Their full research report on the Evidence Action Deworm the World Initiative can be found here.
Yes! According to the World Health Organization, 63% of at-risk children in endemic countries were treated. However, this also means that there are hundreds of millions of children that remain untreated.
Considering that the cost of treatment is less than $0.50 per year - even very modest donations to this program can make a significant impact in the lives of young children.
In our effort to do the most good possible, and encourage others to do the same, we often have to make the difficult decision to not promote causes that we really admire. Joining the fight against poverty was initially difficult because we acknowledge that $1 raised for poverty is $1 that could have been used to save someone's life.
Making a conscious choice to spend money to increase the quality of a person's life is difficult to do when the alternative is saving a person's life. However, we have concluded that effectively fighting poverty could actually have a multiplier effect on saving a life.
If we save a person's life only to bring them into an environment of extreme poverty, then we have to discount the good we have done in saving that person's life. Using a measurement such as QALY, or quality-adjusted life-year, we can begin to approximate the appropriate discount of saving someone’s life into an environment of extreme poverty where they could potentially spend all or part of their life suffering.
While these calculations certainly vary depending upon the direct impact of poverty on an individuals life, we cannot ignore the fact that poverty results in a net-loss of quality-adjusted life years for potential lives saved. Fighting poverty helps us positively impact the lives of those living in extreme poverty, some of whose lives may have been saved by some of our other efforts.
Is fighting poverty a worthy cause? We believe so. Considering that poverty is so widespread and that interventions to fight poverty can be executed for such a reasonable cost, even donors on a budget can impact the lives of hundreds of people in need.
Making a significant impact with a small amount of resources becomes a reality when you support the Save A Life program. Select from one of our programs below to start making an impact today:
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