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3 Humanitarian Foundations That Made Incredible Progress in 20 Years

You’re not about making money. You care about improving the lives of vulnerable people around the world, just like any other humanitarian on this planet. It’s all about making a better world, and it’s sure nice to see your work having an effect on parts of the world’s population.

Compassionate humanitarian foundations

We are inspired every day by the efforts of humanitarian foundations. We’re astonished by the number of people they help, and the breakthroughs they achieve. Some of them are helping to eradicate world hunger, while others aim to end specific diseases from infecting people and spreading. These are all projects which are close to the heart of every humanitarian and humanitarian organization, including us. Almost every humanitarian foundation achieves results. It’s a shame we can’t write about them all.

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    This is the largest philanthropic organization in the world. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is active in many different fields of development. They’re probably most famous for their work on eradicating malaria. Four countries have eradicated malaria since the turn of the century, for a large part thanks to the foundation. Thus, mortality from the disease has dropped 42% in that time.
    We also want to highlight one of the greatest global health achievements in modern history. As of 2014, India is officially polio-free. The programme, coordinated by the Indian government, the Gates Foundation and Rotary International employed 2 million vaccinators who spread out across the country. Just five years before, India had more than half the world’s polio cases. Bill Gates called it the greatest global health achievement he has ever witnessed. Next to the foundation’s health goals, Bill has made climate change and clean energy a personal mission.
  • Rotary International
    The story about polio brings us to Rotary International. Through the past decades, Rotarians have mobilized, by the hundreds of thousands, to ensure that children are immunized against this crippling disease and that surveillance is strong despite the poor infrastructure, extreme poverty and civil strife of many countries. Since the PolioPlus program’s inception in 1985, more than two billion children have received oral polio vaccine. To date, 209 countries, territories and areas around the world are polio-free, including India. But they’re not done yet. As of June 2011, Rotary has committed more than US$850 million to global polio eradication. They also put in great effort, with great results, in educational and humanitarian grant programs.
  • Action Against Hunger
    This group is a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. They initially provided assistance to Afghanistan refugees in Pakistan, famine-stricken Ugandan communities and Cambodian refugees in Thailand. Through the years, it expanded to address additional humanitarian concerns in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, the Balkans and elsewhere during the 1980s and 1990s. An example of an inspiring effort by Action Against Hunger is the pioneering of the therapeutic milk formula (F100). It is now used by all major humanitarian aid organizations to treat acute malnutrition. This caused the global mortality rate of severely malnourished children under the age of five to drop from 25% to 5%.

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