Philanthropy Spotlight: April 2018

Hey all, it’s Evan again with this month’s Philanthropy Spotlight. This month we have been focusing on healthcare – from global data to local efforts.

The following articles are a selection from what we’ve been reading this month. We hope you find this information as valuable as we do.


WHO: Universal Health Coverage (UHC) report.

World Health Organisation, April 2018

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The World Health Organisation and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have set an ambitious mark for healthcare coverage and outcomes worldwide. This report shows a lot of the data, country by country, in our progress towards achieving these goals. Check out the report and see where your country stands!

#HealthForAll is a campaign to promote universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030 – our aim is to support policy-makers, civil society organizations, individuals and media in the journey to bring universal health coverage to your country. Something all countries committed to when they agreed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015.


How to improve health and learning in school-age children

Global Partnership for Education, 7 April 2018

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The link between health and education cannot be ignored – particularly in developing countries or marginalised communities. We see the positive impact that providing basic healthcare and nutrition has on educational enrollment and success in our work everyday. This report from the Global Partnership for Education provides some excellent data for why a focus on education requires a focus on health.

Some of the most common childhood health conditions have consequences for education and ultimately a person’s ability to contribute meaningfully to society. Schools are a cost-effective platform for providing simple, safe, and effective health interventions for girls and boys from age 5 through their early 20s.


Countries of Asia-Pacific warned improvements to food safety and mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture are critical to future food security, rural livelihoods and trade

Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), 9 April 2018

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While food security has improved in much of Southeast Asia – some areas have shown a regression. This is both one of the challenges posed by climate change, but also in how we monitor and read data. Net improvements often lessen our focus, and the areas that get left behind, often stay behind, in part because of our lack of sustained attention.

“A poor record of food safety across much of this region, persistent hunger alongside increasing rates of obesity, the threat of zoonotic diseases, climate change and the impact of extreme weather events on agriculture, particularly on small islands states – these things are converging – and they are bedeviling our member countries’ efforts to end hunger, improve nutrition and expand trade,” said Kundhavi Kadiresan, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific.