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Charity Update II: SCI

This is the second of our series of charity updates. You can read the first one, on Development Media International, here.

The Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) has been one of our top recommended charities for several years now. Our colleagues at Givewell have published an extensive update on SCI recently that was generally very positive and SCI continues to rank among Givewell’s top charities.

In this blog post, we give you an update on their efforts that complements Givewell’s report. You can find more general information about SCI on our website. In our opinion, SCI continues to be one of the most effective charities in the world.

Apply for the September Internship!

Are you a student or recent graduate who is interested at interning at Giving What We Can? Are you free from the 14th to the 25th of September? If you answered yes to both of these questions you are in luck, Giving What We Can is running our September Internship program again this year and we are looking for applicants.

Our Charities Update Is Coming!

It’s that time of year - we’re re-evaluating our top charities!

Over the next weeks we’re going to release a series of blog posts for a few charities we’re currently considering recommending. This will include several charities we haven’t recommended before, as well as some that we already do. We won’t be discussing all our current top charities, however, as in most cases the relevant facts have not changed much.

The Value of Starting a Chapter

This is cross-posted (with minor changes) from the Effective Altruism Forum. For more advice and encouragement, read about how to start a chapter at a university and in a big city (with minimal work!) and, if you haven't already, get started!

I think most of us in Giving What We Can have a sense that chapters are valuable, but its often hard to tell how valuable they are. Well, in this blog post, I am going to argue that they are incredibly valuable. So much so, that starting a Giving What We Can chapter could be one of the most effective things you can do with your time. Some rough calculations show that establishing even a relatively small chapter at a university could result in producing 100,000 USD for effective charities. Similar calculations lead me to think that time starting a community based chapter can be worth 110 USD/hour of work. These are both incredible results, and I hope they inspire many of you to start up a new chapter!

The most cost-effective health intervention? Killing parasitic worms, malaria mosquitos and HIV with one stone.

An interview with Dr. Martial Ndeffo Mbah and Laura Skrip from Yale University about how mass drug administration against Schistosomiasis might help reduce Malaria and HIV infections

This is part I of a series of updates on the effectiveness of our recommended charities. This week: the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI).

Today, we’ll be talking about some exciting new research that has the potential to change our charity recommendations.

Road Traffic Injuries: how effective is prevention?

Most of us have seen the aftermath of numerous road accidents and many of us will have been in one ourselves, but we are likely to underestimate the sheer scale of the devastation caused by road traffic injuries (RTIs). In 2010, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study, RTIs killed around 1.33 million people worldwide [4] – more than 3,000 a day – making them the eighth biggest killer in the world, ahead of diseases like tuberculosis [9].

How I organise a growing chapter in a big city in less than 30 minutes a month.

This is cross-posted from the Effective Altruism Forum. For another helpful and inspiring view on setting up a Giving What We Can chapter that is more focused on University Chapters, read Why haven't you set up a chapter yet?

Starting a local group is really easy to do, a lot of fun and you meet some amazing people. And of course you can have a huge huge impact on the world by encouraging people to do good and to think more carefully about how they do good.

I started organising regular Giving What We Can social events in London in the summer of 2013. I had for a while been helping organise irregular events, then, one day, I thought why not try something a little different. I arranged an evening at a pub with a friend, created a Giving What We Can social Facebook event and invited anyone who I thought might be interested. It went well and I have been creating infrequent social events ever since.

Living Through Malaria

'I had never felt like this before. I wasn’t just sick… I was dying.' This is the testimony of Ann Paisley Chandler, a Peace Corps volunteer who, following a tour in West Africa, fell ill with flu-like symptoms.

Just Try Giving

This year, after much procrastination in 2014, I saw in the New Year by taking the Try Giving pledge with Giving What We Can. I have pledged to give 5% of my income to effective charities throughout 2015. It was a big step for me but I can’t imagine ever looking back.

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