1,923,372 people have helped raise more than $5,160,955 for 249 projects

Health

Where does this issue fit into the Sustainable Development Goals?

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.

Facts & Figures

Child health

  • 17,000 fewer children die each day than in 1990, but more than six million children still die before their fifth birthday each year
  • Since 2000, measles vaccines have averted nearly 15.6 million deaths
  • Despite determined global progress, an increasing proportion of child deaths are in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia. Four out of every five deaths of children under age five occur in these regions.
  • Children born into poverty are almost twice as likely to die before the age of five as those from wealthier families.
  • Children of educated mothers—even mothers with only primary schooling—are more likely to survive than children of mothers with no education.

Maternal health

  • Maternal mortality has fallen by almost 50 per cent since 1990
  • In Eastern Asia, Northern Africa and Southern Asia, maternal mortality has declined by around two-thirds
  • But maternal mortality ratio – the proportion of mothers that do not survive childbirth compared to those who do –   in developing regions is still 14 times higher than in the developed regions
  • More women are receiving antenatal care. In developing regions, antenatal care increased from 65 per cent in 1990 to 83 per cent in 2012
  • Only half of women in developing regions receive the recommended amount of health care they need
  • Fewer teens are having children in most developing regions, but progress has slowed. The large increase in contraceptive use in the 1990s was not matched in the 2000s
  • The need for family planning is slowly being met for more women, but demand is increasing at a rapid pace

HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

  • At the end of 2014, there were 13.6 million people accessing antiretroviral therapy
  • New HIV infections in 2013 were estimated at 2.1 million, which was 38 per cent lower than in 2001
  • At the end of 2013, there were an estimated 35 million people living with HIV
  • At the end of 2013, 240 000 children were newly infected with HIV
  • New HIV infections among children have declined by 58 per cent since 2001
  • Globally, adolescent girls and young women face gender-based inequalities, exclusion, discrimination and violence, which put them at increased risk of acquiring HIV
  • HIV is the leading cause of death for women of reproductive age worldwide
  • TB-related deaths in people living with HIV have fallen by 36% since 2004
  • There were 250 000 new HIV infections among adolescents in 2013, two thirds of which were among adolescent girls
  • AIDS is now the leading cause of death among adolescents (aged 10–19) in Africa and the second most common cause of death among adolescents globally
  • In many settings, adolescent girls’ right to privacy and bodily autonomy is not respected, as many report that their first sexual experience was forced
  • As of 2013, 2.1 million adolescents were living with HIV
  • Over 6.2 million malaria deaths have been averted between 2000 and 2015, primarily of children under five years of age in sub-Saharan Africa. The global malaria incidence rate has fallen by an estimated 37 per cent and the morality rates by 58 per cent
  • Between 2000 and 2013, tuberculosis prevention, diagnosis and treatment interventions saved an estimated 37 million lives. The tuberculosis mortality rate fell by 45 per cent and the prevalence rate by 41 per cent between 1990 and 2013

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The issues

Background info and projects we've funded to address these issues
- Poverty & hunger
- Water & Sanitation
- Health
- Education
- Energy
- Food Security
- Gender Equality
- Maternal Health
- Ensuring Environmental Sustainability

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Support mother and child health in remote Indonesia Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia This project will encourage exclusive breastfeeding practices in Nias, Indonesia to help minimize the damage caused by the malnutrition-infection cycle. Training and coaching, supported by localized education materials, should stimulate uptake of exclusive breastfeeding and save lives.

Project cost

0AUD 25,000

21,678

Raised from 5,939 people

Latest donation: USD 2.00

15 minutes ago from a World Nomads Global customer


Help children affected by bushfires in Australia Australia , RUN BY: Save The Children Australia

Australia This project will support 50 children cope with traumatic experiences they had during the Australian fires as well as develop their natural resiliency and strengthen their social support networks.

Project cost

0AUD 25,000

17,867

Raised from 5,196 people

Latest donation: CAD 3.00

2 hours ago from a World Nomads Canada customer


Close the gap in eye health for Indigenous Australians Australia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Australia For decades, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have experienced lower health outcomes than non-indigenous Australians. Through this project the Fred Hollows Foundation is committed to tackling significant eye health issues for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,003

Raised from 5,706 people


Support women's health in Solomon Islands Solomon Islands , RUN BY: SurfAid

Solomon Islands This project focuses on reducing deaths from cervical cancer, currently a leading cause of female mortality in the remote Solomon Islands. SurfAid will work to increase women's access to cervical cancer screening by training peer educators and producing creative media to support health-seeking practices.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,004

Raised from 5,646 people


Help eliminate avoidable blindness in Ethiopia Ethiopia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Ethiopia This project is part of the The Fred Hollows Foundation's work to eliminate trachoma from Ethiopia by 2020 and will reach the most remote communities by upskilling the existing health workforce and deploying small surgical teams across the country to screen for trachoma and conduct surgery.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,002

Raised from 5,853 people


Restore sight in Kenya Kenya , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Kenya This project will go towards helping the critical backlog of 100,000 people waiting for sight-restoring surgery in Kenya and remove barriers for the rural population to good eye health.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,007

Raised from 6,180 people


Support family protection in northern Australia Australia , RUN BY: Save The Children Australia

Australia The project will look to minimise the risk factors contributing to maltreatment and improve the capacity of parents to care for children in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,006

Raised from 6,439 people


Reduce Avoidable Blindness in the Philippines Philippines , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Philippines This project will reach poor and marginalised communities in the Philippines, delivering health services and empowering local people to end avoidable blindness.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,021

Raised from 6,478 people


Support Community Health in Remote Indonesia Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia This project will increase the skills of community health workers to independently run community health posts, which are the only support structure for pregnant women, mothers and children in remote areas.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 30,038

Raised from 9,727 people


Restore Sight to Female Factory Workers in Vietnam Viet Nam , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Viet Nam This project is working to strengthen the eye health of female factory workers in Vietnam through training medical room staff in eye care and screening, training factory management in eye health and occupational eye care and equipping factory's medical rooms with basic ophthalmic equipment.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,061

Raised from 5,784 people


Restore Sight to Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Bangladesh , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Bangladesh This project will train more local health professionals and surgeons, who will help address the cataract surgical backlog that is estimated to affect 50,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh as well as building and equipping an eye clinic inside the refugee camp.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,021

Raised from 6,158 people


Improve Health and Nutrition in Laos Lao PDR , RUN BY: Plan Australia

Lao PDR This project will address the negative long-term development implications of under-nutrition for individuals, households and communities in rural Laos. Plan Australia will educate the community on health and nutrition, training health centre staff and implementing monitoring tools.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,000

Raised from 7,571 people


Eliminate Avoidable Blindness in Ethiopia Ethiopia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Ethiopia This project will work to address the eye health crisis in Ethiopia by performing surgeries, distributing antibiotics, educating communities about hygiene and sanitation, and investing in infrastructure such as running water and working toilets.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,053

Raised from 6,391 people


Restore Sight to Children in Vietnam Viet Nam , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Viet Nam This project will improve eye health care for children aged 6-15 across three provinces of Vietnam through conducting screenings, providing glasses and treatments, as well as educating the community in eye health practices.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,045

Raised from 6,005 people


Reduce Avoidable Blindness in Cambodia Cambodia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Cambodia This project will establish vision centres at district and provincial hospitals where eye care services are sorely needed, as well as train eye care specialists to staff these centres.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,078

Raised from 6,598 people


End Childhood Malnutrition in Remote Indonesia Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia This project will create education and awareness multimedia in order to prevent childhood malnutrition in remote areas of Indonesia through awareness, training and community support programs.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,004

Raised from 7,786 people


Deliver Eye Care to Remote Indigenous Communities Australia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Australia This project will be working to improve the quality, quantity and delivery of eye health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in regional and remote Western Australia.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,028

Raised from 6,747 people


Build Healthy Cook Stoves in Huilloc, Peru Peru , RUN BY: World Expeditions

Peru This project will alleviate the health issues associated with indoor smoke inhalation in Huilloc village, Peru through installation of new cook stoves and proper ventilation methods.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

USD 15,007

Raised from 6,023 people


Support Healthy Communities in Gido, Indonesia Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia This project will increase nutrition, hygiene and sanitation standards for the families of six isolated villages in Gido, Indonesia, through improving available basic health services and coaching volunteers to support the parents of these communities.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 15,010

Raised from 4,925 people


Increase Access to Eye Care for Indigenous Australians Australia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Australia This project will work to deliver expanded outreach ophthalmology visits across the Top End of the Northern Territory to alleviate the burden of avoidable blindness on remote Indigenous communities.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,093

Raised from 6,569 people


Restoring Sight in Indigenous Australia Australia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Australia Your contribution will help The Fred Hollows Foundation end avoidable blindness and improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,017

Raised from 5,991 people


Protecting Lives in Vanuatu Vanuatu , RUN BY: CARE Australia

Vanuatu In March 2015, the people of Vanuatu were hit by one of the most devastating cyclones in the nation’s history, Cyclone Pam. The YUMI strong project is working with the government and 14 remote island communities to ensure the people of Vanuatu are stronger and better prepared to survive a future natural disaster.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,193

Raised from 7,183 people


Healthy Mothers and Babies in Sumba, Indonesia Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia Infant and maternal mortality in Sumba are well above national figures. This project aims to improve the health and well-being of children under five, pregnant women and the whole community through education and health initiatives.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,003

Raised from 8,897 people


Eliminating blinding Trachoma in Ethiopia Ethiopia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Ethiopia Trachoma is a painful, infectious eye disease which can cause permanent blindness. Right now more than 76 million people in Ethiopia are at risk.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,161

Raised from 6,750 people


Laos Comprehensive Eye Care Project Lao PDR , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Lao PDR To expand the Comprehensive Eye Care Project into three additional provinces of Northern Laos to address key priorities for eye health aimed at the elimination of avoidable blindness by 2020.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 20,022

Raised from 5,627 people


Improving Sight for Indigenous Australians Australia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Australia To deliver expanded outreach ophthalmology visits across the Top End of the NT to alleviate the burden of avoidable blindness and eye health problems in remote Indigenous communities.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,065

Raised from 7,534 people


Vietnam Eye Care Development Program Viet Nam , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Viet Nam The project aims to contribute to improvements in eye health in Vietnam by supporting local health authorities to strengthen eye health services across 11 provinces.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 15,000

Raised from 3,801 people


Healthy babies, healthy teens, Vanuatu Vanuatu , RUN BY: Save The Children Australia

Vanuatu This project aims to improve support for teen mothers in three rural locations on Efate, Santo and Ambae in order to improve their health and that of their children.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 30,007

Raised from 11,796 people


Restoring sight to Indigenous Australians, NT Australia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Australia Trachoma is a severely painful disease and the largest infectious cause of blindness in the world. This major project runs over several years and aims to eliminate trachoma in 10 Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory through a treatment strategy called S.A.F.E: Surgery, Antibiotics, Face washing, Environment.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 30,026

Raised from 7,403 people


Geta Eye Hospital, regional Nepal Nepal , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Nepal This project aims to strengthen the local district Geta Eye Hospital’s (GEH) ability to provide quality, affordable eye health services with a focus on poor and marginalized groups in Kailali, Dadeldhura, Baitadi districts in remote Western Nepal

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 30,010

Raised from 7,277 people


Cambodia School Eye Health Education Program Cambodia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Cambodia This program will target 650,000 kids in schools across five provinces with a focus on raising awareness of eye health problems, encouraging early intervention and preventing future vision loss.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 15,002

Raised from 3,568 people


Restoring sight to Indigenous Australians, NT Australia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Australia Trachoma is a severely painful disease and the largest infectious cause of blindness in the world. This major project runs over several years and aims to eliminate trachoma in 10 Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory through a treatment strategy called S.A.F.E: Surgery, Antibiotics, Face washing, Environment.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,007

Raised from 9,444 people


Restoring sight to Indigenous Australians, NT Australia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Australia Trachoma is a severely painful disease and the largest infectious cause of blindness in the world. This project aims to eliminate trachoma in 10 Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory through a treatment strategy called S.A.F.E: Surgery, Antibiotics, Face washing, Environment.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,000

Raised from 11,161 people


Maternal & child health, Mentawai Islands Indonesia , RUN BY: SurfAid

Indonesia Support 9 communities in South Pagai, Mentawai Islands, to establish vegetable gardens to increase their nutritional status, especially for children under five and pregnant women.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 5,001

Raised from 2,300 people


SMS Technology for Health and Education, Vanuatu Vanuatu , RUN BY: Save The Children Australia

Vanuatu This project will train Village Health Workers in remote locations on using a new mobile phone/SMS tool to assist them in planning and delivery of community health education activities, and the ordering and supply of basic, essential medicines for communities.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

EUR 25,003

Raised from 73 people


Childhood Blindness Prevention, Bangladesh Bangladesh , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Bangladesh Improve the delivery of and access to childhood blindness services at the Dhaka National Institute of Ophthalmology and Jamalpur District Hospital including 400 sight-saving surgeries and 3,000 pairs of children's spectacles.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,003

Raised from 11,226 people


Healthy mothers and babies, Cambodia Cambodia , RUN BY: CARE Australia

Cambodia CARE will work with local partners and community health workers in Koh Kong and Mondulkiri provinces to deliver a range of low cost, community based and sustainable strategies to improve reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 25,003

Raised from 11,116 people


Indigenous childhood anaemia, Northern Territory Australia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Australia The Fred Hollows “Sprinkles” program addresses the serious issue of early childhood anaemia by providing an easy to use dietary supplement that will significantly improve the health outcomes of Indigenous children.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 42,804

Raised from 19,255 people


HIV prevention & education, Hanoi Viet Nam , RUN BY: CARE Australia

Viet Nam Training courses for health workers to improve health care access and enforce legal protections, supply educational materials and support hospital based services for people living with HIV/Aids in 8 hospitals in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Quang Ninh and Thanh Hoah districts.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 50,002

Raised from 21,479 people


Outreach Microsurgical Eye Camp, Dhading Nepal , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Nepal This project will provide funding for basic eye care services in rural and remote areas of Nepal, including day to day services and an Outreach Microsurgical Eye Clinic (OMEC) where hundreds of patients will have access to screening and surgical procedures.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 26,100

Raised from 11,240 people


Outreach Microsurgical Eye Camp, Sindhu Nepal , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Nepal This project will fund an Outreach Microsurgical Eye Camp where patients living in remote areas of Sindhu district, Nepal will have access to screening and surgical procedures, plus support for the Sindhu Community Eye Centre.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 24,487

Raised from 10,062 people


Indigenous youth health program, East Kimberley Australia , RUN BY: Save The Children Australia

Australia Running educational workshops & mentoring for indigenous kids 12-19 years to improve self esteem and increase long term positive health outcomes in Kunnunurra, East Kimberly region.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 30,362

Raised from 11,700 people


Medical supplies for remote villages, Vietnam Viet Nam , RUN BY: Buffalo Tours

Viet Nam Medical supplies including antibiotics, antibacterials, respiratory, diarrhoea and pain relief drugs + vitamins for 1000 people in Hang Kia and Bao La villages

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 6,002

Raised from 2,226 people


Train 260 community eye health workers, Eastern Cape South Africa , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

South Africa Developing sustainable local capacity to strengthen blindness prevention work in the Eastern Cape of South Africa by training 12 ophthalmic nurses, 30 professional nurses and 210 community health workers

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 39,627

Raised from 13,815 people


Orphan health checks, Pokhara Nepal , RUN BY: Global Hands Charity

Nepal Eye and dental check-ups for 30 orphans at The Destitute Children’s Home (Pokhara, Nepal) plus purchase of a first-aid kit.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 505

Raised from 194 people


Medicines for child stonebreakers, Siliguri India , RUN BY: The Silk Route Project

India Revisiting the two communities of stone-breakers from 2006 in Siliguri, the project will deliver basic first aid for one week and then purchase the communities a 12 month supply of basic medicines.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 1,003

Raised from 409 people


Blindness prevention program Viet Nam , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Viet Nam Setting up an eye care unit to train local doctors, providing examination and surgical equipment and subsidising 100 cataract surgeries in Tien Phuoc mountainous district.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 8,004

Raised from 3,072 people


Medicines for Orphanages, Ukraine Ukraine , RUN BY: The Silk Route Project

Delivering basic medicines to two Orphanages in Chernivtsi, Ukraine.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 1,000

Raised from 1 people


Blindness prevention program, Cambodia Cambodia , RUN BY: The Fred Hollows Foundation

Cambodia Restore sight to 100 people who are needlessly blind in Cambodia, most of whom suffer from cataracts which can be easily cured.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 7,003

Raised from 2,456 people


Medicines for Orphanages, Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan , RUN BY: The Silk Route Project

Kyrgyzstan Delivering basic medicines to three Orphanages in Kyrgyzstan.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 1,106

Raised from 1 people


Medicine for Child Stone-breakers, India India , RUN BY: The Silk Route Project

India Supplying basic, essential medicines to 3 communities of child stone-breakers in Siliguri, India.

This project is 100% Funded

 

  

AUD 500

Raised from 2 people