Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Malaria’

Robert Musil, author of Hope for a Heated Planet and Senior Fellow at American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, joined the Council Tuesday night to present strategies for combating climate change. Musil said he prefers to be an optimistic environmentalist, rather than  emphasize  “gloom and doom” like so much of what’s found in today’s media. He acknowledged many problems that the world is facing, such as the spread of malaria and the rise of sea-levels, but spent the majority of his time focusing on positive solutions, like the increasing global investment in alternative energy and the changes the Obama administration is making in environmental policy. Musil also discussed the current Boxer-Kerry “cap and trade” bill that is making its way through the Senate and he encouraged the audience to write Senator Boxer to ask her to keep plans for new nuclear plants out of the bill. However, of all the solutions Musil has for fighting climate change, his biggest is getting the general public involved. He cited numerous groups all across the political spectrum that are doing good things for the environment and said the only way we can slow global warming is to become involved ourselves.

To listen to the full program with Robert Musil, please visit our complete online archive here. If you would like to get involved with a group taking action against climate change, check out these organizations mentioned by Musil: 350.org, Earth Day Network, Power Shift, Interfaith Power and Light Campaign, and Save Our Evironment.

Read Full Post »

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy released a report this month titled “Lifting the Burden of Malaria: An Investment Guide for Impact Driven Philanthropy.”  In it, the authors synthesize data on effective malaria control strategies, consider funding trends and nonprofit performance data, and interview malaria specialists and public health practitioners to help you get to smarter decisions faster.  They recommend strategies to address critical unmet needs and dole out practical advice on evaluating potential investments and assessing post-donation impact.

The report cites our Global Philanthropy Forum Index on Intermediaries as a resource for interested philanthropists to find supportive organizations to help them navigate through the challenges of work in their interest area.

To learn more about efforts underway to combat malaria, check out the CDC site and the RollBackMalaria partnership, a joint effort of the WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and World Bank.

Read Full Post »

An article this week in The Christian Science Monitor highlights the deepening shortfall in funding for international efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.  Global health leaders are calling for the Obama Administration to pledge American money to these ends, to set an example for the rest of the world.

The article argues, “The international economic turmoil must not be allowed to sidetrack attention from global health initiatives, especially with many countries in the midst of multiyear programs that are delivering impressive results, say health experts. With a hint of exasperation, some experts note that the world’s wealthy are managing to come up with huge sums of money for business bailouts and national stimulus plans.”

Our upcoming Global Philanthropy Forum conference in April will look at exactly this issue – how government can and should partner with the private and social sectors to address challenges in health, and in four other areas – poverty, education, climate change, and conflict.  See a list of confirmed speakers so far, here.

Read Full Post »