Workers distributing mosquito nets on behalf of the Against Malaria Foundation in Malawi (Against Malaria Foundation /

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Is Charity About Helping the Poorest?

Giving What We Can focuses on finding the charities which result in the most benefit to the greatest number of individuals. But should we give more weight to benefitting the worst off? Should we care more about equality and distributive justice?

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Median GDP per capita: how much does the typical person earn in different countries? A look at Global Inequality

A recent study asked people in the US what they thought the global median income was: participants thought it was $20,000 per year - 10 times more than it actually is.[1] Respondents who were then told that the true global income distribution is much more unequal, i.e. that the global median income is much lower, supported higher spending on foreign aid and cuts in agricultural trade protections at larger rates. They also made donations to charities abroad that were 55% larger relative to people in the control group.

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Why should I give if the rich don't?

In today’s world the rich are getting richer, they give less to charity — particularly internationally! At the same time, 896 million live on less than USD 1.90 per day and 3 million children die each year of basic preventable diseases.

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The Life Equation

Imagine yourself living in Guatamala with Crecencia, mother of seven, and her wonderful family. You're invited into her community, to break bread with them, to take part in their traditions and rituals. But Crecencia has late stage cervical cancer. She needs treatment that costs thousands of dollars. Money that could be used to pay for pap smears that will prevent hundreds of women from getting the disease in the first place. What do you do?

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How to improve women's health in poor countries

  • Published 13 Apr 2016
  • Updated 25 Apr 2018

It has long been established that women face many health problems largely because of their roles in society [1]. However, some of these health problems are also due to the lack of provision of health services irrespective of gender [2]. The scarcity of financial resources [3] and the lack of governmental commitment to address health problems [4] are two of the crucial factors that result in inadequate facilities and the lack of trained professionals in health services.

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Can cancer interventions ever be cost-effective?

With cancer costs in the USA spiralling into many tens of thousands of dollars[1], and costs of some new biological treatments approaching £100,000 [2], you could be forgiven for overlooking cancer interventions in developing countries as too expensive to be cost-effective.

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