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Where Does The Money Go?

At  i DonateByShopping.org, we are dedicated to making the best use of every dollar we receive. We are thus not happy with simply donating our income to any charity, but instead we have found what we believe to be the very best charities for effectiveness-per-dollar.

The four metrics which our charities have been assessed by, with help from the GiveWell#organisation, are as follows:.

  • Does the organisation have a large benefit per dollar.
  • Is the organisation transparent with its funding.
  • Does the organisation have more room for funding.
  • Does the organisation have past evidence of their effectiveness.

As of now, we have selected three charity organisation, which we believe are delivering fantastic benefits to those in need. These three organisations are described below.

The Problem:

  • 206 million people require treatment for schistosomiasis. 'Schistosomiasis (also known as bilharzia or snail fever) is a chronic disease caused by parasitic worms that live in freshwater snails, and currently results in approximately 280,000 deaths per year. 'In children the disease contributes to stunted growth, impaired cognitive development, malnutrition, anemia, and disrupts school attendance. Long-term infection can damage the bladder and kidneys, or the liver and intestines, and can hinder people’s ability to work. The severity of infection depends on the amount of worms present and how long the person has been infected,' and in many cases can result in death.
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"Living with Schistosomiasis"
  • 1.5 billion people require treatment for intestinal worms (helminths), including 836 million children. 'Intestinal worms cause malnutrition, anemia, stunted growth, and impaired cognitive function. They limit the educational opportunities of children by keeping them out of school and therefore damaging their long-term economic outlook. Children die every year from these worms as a result of intestinal obstructions.' 'Once inside the body, adult worms live in the intestines and produce thousands of eggs a day. A person with a moderate intestinal worm infection will have more than 200 worms in their body, which could fill a three-liter jar.' (The END Fund, 2018)
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"Snakes in the Belly: Alice's Story"

The Vision:

'Schistosomiasis can be treated by a single annual dose of praziquantel. The drug, which is donated by Merck KGaA, is a fast, safe, and effective treatment for the disease. Treatment, paired with education about water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is essential for prevention. The WHO has set a goal for eliminating schistosomiasis by 2020.' The END Fund plans on playing a large role in this eradication, helping remove this issue from vulnerable people once and for all. The END Fund also has the goal of drastically reducing the number of cases of helminthiasis in endemic areas. Ideally, if funds allow, it would be best to treat all school-age children, pregnant women and adults in high-risk professions. The END Fund contributes to these efforts by supporting mass drug administration programs in endemic areas. Prevention strategies that focus on reducing the chance of transmission are another area of focus, and are an important part of controlling intestinal worms. Hygiene education encourages people to engage in activities like hand washing before preparing food and after using the bathroom. (The END Fund, 2018)

The Impact:

  • The END Fund has supported approximately 61 million schistosomiasis treatments at a drug value of over $12 million dollars.
  • It has also supported approximately 189 million intestinal worm treatments at a drug value of over $8 million dollars.
  • Recognized by GiveWell as one of the most cost effective charities in the world, providing treatment for less than a dollar per person.
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"Ending Neglected Diseases - The Story of The END Fund"

 

The Problem:

'Schistosomiasis ranks second only to malaria as the most common parasitic disease. However, it is the most deadly neglected tropical disease, killing an estimated 280,000 people annually. Found predominantly in tropical and sub-tropical climates, schistosomiasis infects more than 200 million people in as many as 78 countries, with approximately 90% of the burden occurring in Africa.'

'Schistosomiasis is transmitted by human contact with contaminated fresh water (lakes and ponds, rivers, dams) inhabited by snails carrying the parasite (see image of the lifecycle). Swimming, bathing, fishing and even domestic chores such as washing clothes and herding livestock can put people at risk of contracting the disease. Larvae emerge from the snails and swim in the water until they come into contact with an individual and penetrate the skin. Once inside the body, the larvae develop into male and female worms that pair up and live together in the blood vessels for years. Female worms release thousands of eggs, some of which are passed out of the body in the urine and feces. If people urinate or defecate in bodies of freshwater, the eggs migrate to snails where they eventually hatch and begin the cycle again.

Some Schistosoma eggs remain trapped in the body and migrate to specific organs (depending on the variety of parasite) where they can inflict major damage to internal organs. Urinary schistosomiasis causes scarring and tearing of the bladder and kidneys, and can lead to bladder cancer. Intestinal schistosomiasis develops slowly, causing abdominal bleeding; enlargement of the liver, lungs and spleen; and damage to the intestines. A major indicator of the disease is blood in the urine and/or feces.' (SCI, 2018)

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"Parasites in motion: Schistosomiasis"

The Vision:

The mission of SCI is to help those who suffer from and are at risk of Neglected Tropical Diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. They have the vision of controlling and eliminating these diseases as public health problems, hence improving childhood development, school attendance, educational performance, pregnancy outcomes, and worker productivity among the world's poorest populations.

They aim to achieve this by:

  • Creating awareness, changing perceptions and fostering global support for National Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Programmes;
  • Promoting effective collaboration and developing key partnerships in order to mobilise resources against NTDs;
  • Empowering governments to run successful and sustainable National NTD Programmes;
  • Ensuring universal access to effective treatment to everyone who suffers from NTDs;
  • Building the capacity of civil society and affected communities to break the cycle of transmission;
  • Developing and deploying a new generation of improved preventative and therapeutic tools and strategies to eliminate NTDs. (SCI, 2018)

The Impact:

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"Schistosomiasis Control Initiative - Ending Neglected Tropical Diseases"

 

The Problem:

  • Malaria kills approximately half a million people each year, with around 300,000 of those being children under 5.
  • 400 million people fall ill every year from malaria.
  • Pregnant women are of particular risk of dying from the complications of severe malaria.
  • Nearly half the world's population is at risk of malaria.
  • Malaria causes significant economic losses in high burden countries. (WHO, 2018)
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"Malaria Animated"

The Vision:

Malaria is a highly preventable disease - in fact, since 2010, malaria mortality rates have fallen by 29%. Eradicating malaria altogether is a monumental scientific, logistical and technological challenge (but worthy of optimism), but reducing the number of malaria cases worldwide is much more of a financial one.

Malaria spreads when a mosquito bites one person who is already infected, then bites another uninfected person afterwards. Hence, when a population has many infected persons, then malaria spreads much easier and can be said to be 'out of control'. Once the number of cases of malaria has been brought into the dozens, then prevention and tighter controls becomes much easier, and in a way a permanent solution is found. This has been done in the past in countries like the Netherlands and Vietnam.

Malaria being brought 'under control' is an important point, and this is this vision AMF has for Africa. In Africa the malaria problem is 'out of control' because it is so widespread and Africa as a continent is poor and does not have the resources to fight it successfully on its own. The major limiting factor in bringing malaria under control, or 'rolling back malaria', is money.

It is hoped that in the coming years or decades, scientists will find a method of eradicating malaria altogether. This, however, is not in the immediate future, and AMF aims to save as many lives as possible until such a breakthrough occurs. (AMF, 2018)


The Impact:

  • 41.5 million chemically treated mosquito nets have been distributed by AMF as of September 2018.
  • 100% of funds from the public are used to buy and distribute long-lasting insecticidal mosquito nets.
  • Recognized by GiveWell as one of the most cost effective charities in the world, distributing chemically treated mosquito nets for under $5 a net. (GiveWell, 2018)
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A short interview by CBS News with Rob Mather - the founder of the Against Malaria Foundation.

And How Do We Divide The Money We Receive?

Our process of donating the funds we receive is very straightforward and transparent.

90%
Of Incoming Funds Donated
  • In the 1st week of every month we make all of our donations.
  • A minimum of 90% of all incoming funds will be donated to our charities - no exceptions, no excuses, ever.
  • We donate an equal share to all the charity organisations currently listed on our website.
  • The remaining 10% is used to cover our running expenses and help us expand our reach.
  • Before the end of every month we publish our financial records on our LinkedIn page to guarantee 100% transparency.

If you have any particular questions for us regarding our finances or how we operate, we welcome any questions through our public forum which we host on Reddit at https://reddit.com/r/iDonateByShopping.

GiveWell is a prominent non-profit organisation which is dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of their analysis to help donors decide where to give. Unlike charity evaluators that focus solely on financials, assessing administrative or fundraising costs, GiveWell conducts in-depth research aiming to determine how much good a given program accomplishes (in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc.) per dollar spent. Rather than try to rate as many charities as possible, GiveWell focus on the few charities that stand out most in order to find and confidently recommend high-impact giving opportunities.