Iâ€™m so excited to announce the â€œGive Healthâ€ matching campaign with Jolkona starting today. As a recent graduate student of Public Health, I truly understand the importance, the cost-effectiveness, and the need for public health projects around the world. Thanks to the generous support of an anonymous group of donors also passionate about the importance of public health, any donation you make to one of our public health projects this month, until we reach $7,000, will be matched by this grant so that you can DOUBLE your impact! If you donâ€™t already know why supporting public health is so important I want to share a few insights.
What is global health?
Global health refers to health problems that transcend national borders or have a global political and economic impact. This includes problems such as infectious and insect-borne diseases that can spread from one country to another, but also other health problems that are of such magnitude that they have a global political and economic impact such as HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Why does global health matter?
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) states thatÂ “The failure to engage in the fight to anticipate, prevent, and ameliorate global health problems would diminish America’s stature in the realm of health and jeopardize our own health, economy, and national security.”
The above statement is so powerful because it shows that itâ€™s important to support public health, not only for humanitarian reasons, but also because if we donâ€™t, itâ€™s a threat to our own health and economy.
If youâ€™re a humanitarian at heart, you might want to support global health work because research shows that half of child mortalities around the world are due to preventable or treatable conditions including measles, diarrhea, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and respiratory infections.
- An estimated 4 million people worldwide are infected with HIV every year;
- Out of an estimated 9 million cases of tuberculosis in 2004, nearly two million people died.
- More than 1 million people die annually from malaria; and
- Among children under the age of five in the developing world, malnutrition contributes to 53% of deaths associated with infectious diseases.
If youâ€™re an advocate for justice, you should know that about 90% of the worldâ€™s health care resources are spent on diseases that affect 10% of the worldâ€™s population. Projects working to solve global health problems help ensure that that money is distributed more fairly across the globe.
Still not convinced? Well with globalization, todayâ€™s world is increasingly connected. And that means diseases move just as freely as people and products. Infectious diseases can pose immediate threats in the U.S. and elsewhere. Working on improving global health problems like water and sanitation, providing vaccinations to eradicate diseases, and more, will help protect us from the spread of such diseases in the future. Last, with rising deaths due to HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, etc. more countries are growing deeper and deeper into poverty, causing political instability in those countries. Political instability around the world can have potential national security threats even for our country.
I hope Iâ€™ve convinced you why global health is so important, but if I havenâ€™t, I hope the matching campaign moves you to give to a global health project today so that you can have twice as big of an impact!