I Get By with a Little Help from My Friends
Filed under: public health, social change | Tags: Global Health, social change |
I received a nice surprise when I checked email today. Ben Rattray of change.org fame sent me an email saying that my idea made it to the final round of voting for the “Ideas for Change in America” competition. The final round of voting begins at 8am ET on Monday, January 5th and ends at 5pm ET on Thursday, January 15th.
I have a favor to ask of you dear readers. Please vote for my idea, “Save Children from Preventable Diseases.” I can’t really provide any incentives other than the promise of good karma. C’mon, you want to do it. It’s for the kids. Vote here please!
Save Children from Preventable Diseases
Estimates show that approximately 11 million children die needlessly, primarily from preventable diseases such as measles, malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia. Most of the medical interventions cost pennies per child.
While no one would say fighting major epidemics such as HIV and tuberculosis are very important, these preventable diseases kill hundreds everyday needlessly.
Vaccines are one of modern history’s most important medical innovations yet they remain out of reach for millions of children. Generally rough conditions without necessary refridgeration and proper storage keep health professionals from delivering vaccines to those who need them most. Supporting research for affordable, portable and electricity-free refridgeration will help to keep the doses sufficiently chilled as they are delivered to communities.
Water-borne diseases like diarrhea can be treated with oral rehydration salts. The administration can take a lesson from The Coca Cola project which aims to include oral rehydration salts with every distribution of Coca Cola in developing countries. There are also countless filters to purify the water sources that people are able to find. All that remains is educating about the need for clean water.
Looking outside of the major three diseases of HIV, TB, and malaria could be a cost effective way to save millions of lives.