From Our Chairman – Our End of Year Matching Gift Campaign
Why you should support the END Fund on Giving Tuesday: An article in the Financial Times nine years ago called our mission the “best buy” in public health and propelled the formation of the END Fund. The piece pointed out that the prevention of these diseases could be accomplished with $0.50 per person, per year.…
Why you should support the END Fund on Giving Tuesday:
An article in the Financial Times nine years ago called our mission the “best buy” in public health and propelled the formation of the END Fund. The piece pointed out that the prevention of these diseases could be accomplished with $0.50 per person, per year. We often do it for less than that amount, due to an incredible partnership with leading pharma companies that source the drugs free to us for necessary distribution and education.
Research by former Harvard Professor and 2019 Nobel Prize winner Michael Kremer, shows that children who are dewormed have a 25% higher chance of staying in school. A recent follow-up to this study determined that these children, now adults, have higher hourly earnings and higher consumer spending, which overall, resulted in an astounding 37% return on investment. Read the article here.
A recent study by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows that these relatively simple drug interventions produce sustainable good health, and have one of the largest paybacks to long-term productivity: “Eliminating morbidity and mortality from schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminthiasis in these four countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda and Zimbabwe) could boost their GDP by $5.1B in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms by 2040. In addition, there could be gains of $1.2B in income among school-age children in these countries over the same period once they enter the workforce.”
As this is the traditional time for giving, last year we were honored by New York Times columnist, and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Nick Kristof on his first annual Holiday Impact Prize. To quote Nick “Forget the scarf. These gifts change lives.”
Finally just last week, GiveWell, a prominent not-for-profit organization, ranked the END Fund (for the fifth year in a row!) a Top Charity – one of nine worldwide. GiveWell encourages you to “donate to high impact, cost-effective charities backed by analysis.”
Since 2012, the END Fund and its partners have delivered over 920 million NTD treatments across 31 countries. In 2019 alone, we reached over 121 million people with 196 million treatments and trained over 907,000 health workers.
I will personally match your gift up to $250,000 if you donate by December 31st, 2020. Donate here!