Health is something that affects every single living creature on this planet. Preventing illness is often as simple as soap, clean water and hygienic sanitation facilities, and perhaps a piece of netting to protect children from malaria-transmitting mosquito bites. When these basic items are provided, the number of illnesses drops drastically. These are still unattainable luxuries in some regions of the world.
But preventing illness is not the only challenge. Once an individual becomes ill, access to health care varies widely: Poor populations tend to have less access to health care. Poor children live much shorter lives than children from wealthy families, in part due to inadequate health care. A boy who was born in 2012 in a high-income country can expect to live 75.8 years—more than 15 years longer than a boy born in a low-income country.
For those less fortunate, even small interventions—from improved hygiene to vaccinations—can make a big difference.
And this is the power of IRUSA donors: By working together to provide access to basic necessities, like soap and mosquito netting, to large-scale pharmaceuticals, sanitation programs, and even hygiene training, communities are given the tools they need to empower themselves toward healthy living. In emergency crises, our field teams respond immediately with emergency aid. And we stay to implement long-term health care projects, such as restocking damaged hospitals to building specialized units to help diabetes patients to providing mobile health clinics to reach populations in remote areas (like you saw in the video). IRUSA donors work to build healthy communities for a healthier world.