“We are all connected by the air we breathe, by the water we drink, by the food we eat. What we’re seeing is that it’s part of our self-interest to ensure that countries all over the world are better able to find, stop and prevent health risk.” — Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC Director
Pandemics often take hold without warning. They may differ in the rate of infection and mortality, but they all have one thing in common. The country stricken with the pandemic lacks the health system to stop the spread of disease. For those of us in the U.S., this means that our own health system is only as secure as the weakest link in the global chain.
4 Principles of Global Health Awareness and Responsibility
To deepen the acknowledgment of our global connectedness, consider this:
Diseases spread globally, and fast.
The cholera outbreak in Haiti, the measles outbreak in Congo, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa — crises like these claim lives in the countries where they strike. And they create fear around the world, with good reason. Diseases can and do spread globally. The U.S. isn’t isolated. Take HIV and tuberculosis, for example. These two diseases have spread worldwide, claiming lives in both developed and developing countries.
The problem is that poor countries lack health care, which leaves them unable to contain disease outbreaks. And that’s because, according to the World Health Organization:
There are only 13.9 doctors per 10,000 people around the world.
There are only 30 hospital beds per 10,000 people.
There is fewer than 1 hospital per 100,000 people in poverty zones.
Disease and poverty are linked.
In poor countries, malnutrition and disease plague entire populations. Children can’t reach their full potential. Adults can’t be productive or contribute to their families and communities. Education, productivity and economic growth all stagnate. Poor countries become trapped in poverty and disease, and that drags down global health.
People should help each other.
We have a moral obligation to help people in need, including those who are sick and suffering in poverty zones around the word. This is especially true when people in poor countries struggle with diseases that modern medicine can easily treat and cure. It’s in our own interest to help where we can.
The U.S. has a special role.
As a powerful nation, the U.S. can impact global health on a vast scale. America’s capabilities include government action and the work of nonprofits based in this country that operate around the world. What’s more, Americans are compassionate people who give millions of dollars to causes, crises and disasters around the world. America can and should be a force for good to improve global health.
Here’s How to Advocate for Global Health
What can one person do?
You can become a change agent and advocate for global health, and it’s easier than you think.
Join this movement with just a click.
You can send $100 of medicine and medical supplies into poor countries right now. This is a free donation. It costs you nothing. Yet your click will send medical supplies that save lives.
Take action on social media.
You can join with others like you who are concerned about global health, and create a groundswell of positive change.
You can rally people around the urgent need for better global health.
Support Project HOPE.
Since 1958, Project HOPE has worked to provide health care to people around the world to save lives.
Your gift to Project HOPE will be multiplied 105 times. Every $1 you give will send $105 of medicine and medical supplies into poverty zones to save lives.
Your Gift Multiplies in Impact
Project HOPE’s Promise to You
Every time you give to Project HOPE, your gift will be doubled, tripled or multiplied 10 times, 50 times, even 100 times or more.
That’s because we use your gift to unlock corporate donations, government and private grants, and volunteer labor. We’ll employ this and other creative approaches that multiply the impact of your gift to help the poor, the sick and the hurting around the world.
It’s the best investment you can make for helping people who are suffering, and for healing the world’s hurts.
Six Ways Your Support Will Save Lives in Poverty Zones
Your gift to Project HOPE will go to work immediately to:
Send medicine and medical supplies into poverty zones around the world to save lives.
Deploy our expert volunteer doctors and nurses into poor regions to help people in need.
Respond to disasters and humanitarian crises around the world with medicine, medical supplies, volunteers and staff.
Train doctors, nurses and health workers in poor countries, so they can help their neighbors.
Coordinate with local resources in poor countries to build lasting solutions that fight disease.
Provide micro-loans to create kitchen-table businesses in poor countries, so that people can lift themselves out of poverty.
Why I Give
See why humanitarians like you support Project HOPE to save lives around the world.
I’m careful about who I support, and I trust Project HOPE to always use my donations for the greatest good. This is a wonderful organization.
– Roberta Cuomo
I’m a doctor, and I learned about Project HOPE in medical school. It’s a wonderful organization that saves lives. That’s why I’m glad to give.
– Dr. Andrew J. Burger
I give every month as a HOPE Lifter. I just look for the reminders that Project HOPE is nice enough to send. It’s a convenient way to put my money where it will do a lot of good, and I like knowing that I’m giving back to help people who need it.
– Ms. Ingjerd Omdahl
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