Happy Friday, everyone! It has been one year since the release of our first philanthropic investment guide in global health titled, Lifting the Burden of Malaria: An Investment Guide for Impact-Driven Philanthropy. Authored by Dr. Carol McLaughlin, et al., the guide identifies three strategies for philanthropists to consider in the fight against malaria: 1) Treat & Prevent Now; 2) Build Systems for the Long Term; 3) Innovate for the Future.
Philanthropists can play a critical role in supporting effective prevention and treatment for malaria, a major and needless killer of children. This guide shows you evidence-based models to support.– Carol McLaughlin, research director for global public health
- What is a meaningful change (impact) to target?
- What activities lead to that meaningful change for communities suffering from malaria?
- How much does it cost to achieve that change?
The guide provides case examples of promising programs, practices, and interventions to show how philanthropic investment can make a difference. Certain strategies are marked as Promising Practices that were selected using the following criteria:
- Targets what current data indicate are unmet needs
- Uses practices that are informed by the existing evidence base for what works
- Recognizes and insists on a set of core implementation components to ensure impact, but also demonstrates an ability to adapt to local contexts
- Has been (or is willing to be) examined by a neutral third party in the case of more mature programs
Given the recent earthquake disaster in Haiti, the guide had identified the country of Haiti as a malaria “hotspot,” in addition to the Sub-Saharan countries of Africa which are the guide’s main focus. Other countries were Papua New Guinea and Myanmar. We are also in the process of preparing a philanthropic investment guide using Haiti as a case example. A preliminary presentation will be showcased at the Global Philanthropy Forum in April, with Kat Rosqueta, our executive director, as a guest speaker.
Since its release last February 2009, Lifting the Burden of Malaria has been featured on the National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center as a “new tool for malaria philanthropy,” was reviewed by Alanna Shaikh on the Change.org Global Health website, and listed as a resource on the World Malaria Day website. In addition, you can find the guide mentioned on the web in the following places:
- It’s Your World Blog (World Affairs Council of Northern California)
- WorldWide AntiMalarial Resistance Network (WWARN)
- Kling Philanthropy Group, LLC
- Malaria Atlas Project (MAP)
- Excellence in Giving
- The Daily Tell
- Eldis (Institute of development Studies- IDS)
- CORE Group
- In Foundations