We have added two new charities to our portfolio for 2018, D-Rev and Helen Keller International's Vitamin A supplementation program. D-Rev (from "Design Revolution") designs and delivers innovative medical devices to save and transform the lives of the global poor. Helen Keller International's Vitamin A supplementation program provides critical nutrition to at-risk children to prevent Vitamin A deficiency, which can lead to blindness and increased risk of disease and death.
This is the second year in which we have used our new partner selection strategy as part of our partnership with The Life You Can Save. The Life You Can Save's panel of experts uses evidence from two charity evaluators, GiveWell and ImpactMatters, to compile a list of (currently 20) recommended charities, which One for the World (OFTW) uses as our full portfolio. A team of OFTW chapter members then chooses Top Pick charities from this list each spring.
The Life You Can Save added D-Rev and Helen Keller International's Vitamin A supplementation program to its recommended charities in December 2017, and OFTW members will therefore be able to give to these programs from the end of January 2018. Members can now choose to give to any of our 20 charities individually, to split their donation between all 20 charities, or to split their donation between our Top Pick charities. If you currently split your donation between the 18 charities in our 2017 portfolio, your donation will be split between all 20 charities in our 2018 portfolio from January 31, 2018. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or concerns about this.
D-Rev designs, develops, licenses and distributes affordable medical devices that meet the needs of low-resource health facilities serving people in developing countries. They currently distribute two products:
- The Brilliance phototherapy machine is used to treat extreme jaundice in newborn babies, which can cause severe brain damage if left untreated. It is estimated that more than 6 million babies with severe jaundice do not receive adequate treatment, and D-Rev's Brilliance phototherapy lamp costs $400-500 and uses LED bulbs which rarely need replacing.
- D-Rev’s ReMotion knee improves the quality of life for amputees in low-resource areas who may not otherwise have access to affordable prosthetics. Millions of amputees in developing countries currently do not have access to affordable, high-quality prosthetics. The ReMotion knee costs about $80, and has features that would normally be found in more expensive products, such as friction control and 'extension assist'.
D-Rev was added to TLYCS's list of recommended charities after it scored highly on an Impact Audit carried out by ImpactMatters. For more information about D-Rev see:
- Impact Audit of D-Rev, by Impact Matters: http://www.impactm.org/impact-audits/d-rev
- TLYCS page on D-Rev: https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/where-to-donate/d-rev
Helen Keller International's vitamin A supplementation program
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) is the leading cause of preventable blindness in children and increases the risk of disease and death from severe infections. It mostly affects young children and pregnant women in Africa and Southeast Asia, and the WHO estimates that 250,000 to 500,000 vitamin A-deficient children become blind every year, half of them dying within 12 months of losing their sight.
Helen Keller International (HKI) tackles VAD with its Vitamin A supplementation program, which facilitates mass distributions of Vitamin A supplements. They provide technical assistance to governments, helping them train workers, monitor and evaluate results, and improve other areas of program design. GiveWell estimates that each supplement costs less than $1 to deliver.
Helen Keller International's vitamin A supplementation program was added to TLYCS's list of recommended charities in December 2017 because GiveWell named it one of their nine top charities. Please note that while we think HKI does a wide range of important work, we our following GiveWell's lead in making our recommendation specifically for their Vitamin A Supplementation programs. We have therefore asked HKI to use donations made through our site for VAS only, unless explicitly instructed to do otherwise.
For more information about Helen Keller International's vitamin A program, see:
- GiveWell's review of Helen Keller International's Vitamin A Supplementation Program: https://www.givewell.org/charities/helen-keller-international
- TLYCS page on Helen Keller International's Vitamin A Supplementation Program: https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/where-to-donate/helen-keller-internationals-vitamin-a-supplementation
- Key questions about HKI (GiveWell blog): https://blog.givewell.org/2017/12/28/key-questions-about-helen-keller-internationals-vitamin-a-supplementation-program/
Other useful information on these new recommendations:
- Peter Singer's blog explaining TLYCS's updated charity recommendations (Dec 2017): https://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/blog/id/1400/peter-singers-best-charities-for-giving-season-2017
- GiveWell's blog explaining their updated charity recommendations (Dec 2017): https://blog.givewell.org/2017/11/27/our-top-charities-for-giving-season-2017/