In a nation where bad news is glorified, it’s always good to take a minute to read over good things that are going on in our world. Here’s a list of five medical non-profit organizations that are making a major impact.
Sankara Eye Foundation:
Mission: Sankara Eye Society, Coimbatore was started in India in 1977. This trust had the philanthropic philosophy of providing high quality health care, especially eye care to all, either free or at an affordable cost. In 1998, Sankara Eye Foundation was established to support the work of Sankara Eye Society. Their mission is to attain 20/20 by the year 2020.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 100,000
Geographic area served: India
Program: To spread the awareness of the importance and magnitude of this problem and encourage eye donations. The organization in India has a state of the art hospital in Coimbatore to help the visually impaired poor. It also holds eye camps and workshops all over India and other countries to treat people and also to train doctors locally. Visit www.giftofvision.org for more information. Programs in the US include fund raising events, spreading awareness by holding booths at major events, and publishing newsletters.
Mission: Improve access to health care by providing financial assistance to low income children for commercial air travel to obtain special medical care; to promote awareness of their services through targeted outreach programs; to enlist the help of community-minded people through strategic calls to action.
Results: Miracle Flights provides free commercial air travel to children in need of out-of-state medical care and their parents, as often as needed. More than 100,000 free flights covering 55 million miles … and counting!
Target demographics: families with children in desperate need of out-of-state medical care.
Geographic area served: the U.S.
Programs: free medical travel via commercial airlines for children to get expert care, second opinions, participate in their service dog training, and attend medical camps and conferences … as many times as needed.
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., National Office:
Mission: Susan G. Komen for the Cure celebrated its 25th anniversary with a new name, a new logo and a significant accomplishment: $1 billion invested since inception of their part in the global fight against breast cancer. They have pledged to invest another $2 billion in the next decade in scientific research and community outreach programs. It will take investments of that level if they are to bring about a dramatic, unprecedented decline in breast cancer deaths over the next 10 to 15 years.
Programs: Grants to other non-profit organizations to support breast cancer research, as well as research resources and conferences that further the breast cancer research agenda.
Mission: Expand access to services and products of a high quality at affordable prices among disadvantaged communities worldwide with a focus on delivery of health services. They do this by providing the last mile connectivity, i.e. health service delivery at the doorsteps of the under-served.
- 1. 30,000+ TB patients treated in more than 3,000 disadvantaged communities.
- 5.86 million people educated about TB in India and Cambodia.
- 3. More than 10 MDR patients successfully treated.
- 4. 63 MDR- TB patients under treatment.
- Supporting one XDR patient and one XXDR patient with medicine and protein supplements. 6. Distributed 570,000 painkillers, 780,000 antacid tablets, 315,000 antiemetic tablets, 240,000 iron tablets, 45,000 calcium tablets, 30,000 condoms, 12000 sachets of Oral Rehydration Salt, 3,500 packets of protein supplements, 5 tons of food and 4000 blankets.
- 24 Female TB patients were provided vocational training to prevent them from being abandoned by families.
- $150/year increased income through reinstated productivity from TB treatment (Govt. of India) equivalent to an annuity of $1,857. Thus, treated patients have benefited by a whopping $56 million.
- $13,000 saved by economy for each person treated (Annual TB Report 2011: Govt. of India): Indian and Cambodian economies have saved $390 million.
- 190 disadvantaged persons provided dignified sustainable full time work.
- Income of 178 micro-entrepreneurs in disadvantaged localities, who work as partners of Operation ASHA enhanced substantially.
- Social return on investment of 3217%. In other words, for every dollar invested, the society and the economy benefit by $32.17.
Target demographics: Disadvantaged TB patients
Geographic areas served: India and Cambodia
Programs: TB treatment and affordable high quality health services to disadvantaged people at their door steps.
These are just a few organizations that are changing the world. What are a few of your favorites? Leave them in the comments below!