Christian Organizations – Health

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Solutions to Extreme Poverty:
Health and Basic Medical Services

Christian organizations known for effective work in this sector strive to bring basic medical care and/or life-saving pharmaceuticals (de-worming medications, for example) to the rural poor. In addition to saving lives and improving community health, these efforts also generate a positive spill-over effect on education and economic opportunity. Best practices include appropriately targeted training that focuses on prevention and sustainable gains in overall community health.


Blessings International …   This organization focuses on providing medicines to church-based short term missions groups traveling abroad to serve the desperately poor.  More >

A smaller organization than others in this sector, Blessings Int’l has been “serving the servants” since 1981 by providing pharmaceuticals to short-term missions groups and Christian missions operating licensed hospitals or clinics overseas.  Operating under a innovative model, Blessings purchases strategic pharmaceuticals (often overseas) at a deep discount, then passes these savings along to the missions groups taking them overseas (predominately Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico) to serve the poor and suffering.

In response to recent concerns about industry valuation practices, Blessings uses the actual price it pays for its pharmaceuticals to value its inventory and program expenses.  Additionally, it has pioneered the use of a new method to estimate the impact of the medicines it provides which uses firm measures of treatments provided instead of arbitrary (and often misleading) dollar amounts.  For details, see Blessings International’s 2012 Annual Report, and the Notes to the 2012 Audited Financial Statements.

These changes in valuation have resulted in a dramatic reduction in revenue and expense figures on its financial statements; it is important to note that Blessings Int’l is currently delivering more medicines to more people than ever before.  Operating on cash donations of less than $300,000, Blessings is an extraordinarily lean and efficient organization.  It should be noted that cash donations go straight to providing subsidized medicines, as their small overhead burden is covered in its entirety by associated program fees.

Small, innovative, and lean, Blessings Int’l was recently recognized on Charity Navigators short-list of “10 Top Notch Charities” – if you prefer to support smaller organizations making an outsized impact, Blessings Int’l deserves a look.

Primary Sector:  Basic Health and Medical Services

Organization Size:  Emerging — programs are supported by cash contributions totaling
less than $1,000,000 annually

Key Webpages:  impact statement http://www.blessing.org/about/jobs-at-b-i/
alternative valuation for pharmaceuticals http://www.blessing.org/thenews/how-much-is-a-life-worth/

Annual Report / Financial Statements:
annual reports http://www.blessing.org/about/what-others-say-about-b-i/
financial statements http://www.blessing.org/about/statement-of-faith/

Contact Information:  visit http://www.blessing.org/home-page/ , contact http://www.blessing.org/contact/    

 

More information (program and financial) about Blessings Int’l
is available from the following organizations:
X   Charity Navigator *      Charity Watch / AIP  (fee)
X   Guidestar      BBB / Wise Giving Alliance
X   Ministry Watch X   ACCORD Network member
     Intelligent Philanthropy  (fee) X   ECFA
* Listed on “10 Top-Notch Charities” list, February 2013

 

Map International …   This organization’s core competency is in distributing donated medicines through hundreds of partners to address basic health issues faced by those living in extreme poverty.  More >

In addition to providing much needed pharmaceuticals to indigenous mission-based hospitals and clinics serving the poor, MAP Int’l supplies partner organizations (such as World Vision) working in long-term health development projects with the medicines they need to improve community health.  Short-term missions are also supplied through MAP’s Travel Packs program.  All together, an estimated 35 million poor, in over 100 countries, are served each year.

MAP’s work in providing medicines is complemented by its commitment to what it calls “Total Health.”  In action, this commitment takes the form of significant attention to training community leaders in working for sustainable improvements in overall health, including identifying underlying causes (water and sanitation, for instance) and implementing preventative measures.  In this process, MAP acts as a catalyst to help communities “own” the goals, plans, work, and results.  To make its transformational development approach complete, MAP provides critical guidance and training for short-term missions trips, church partnerships, and indigenous organizations to ensure that their efforts dovetail with its long-term projects and programs for maximum effectiveness.  For more information on this aspect of MAP’s work, see http://www.map.org/content/tm.

There is incredible leverage to be had in supporting organizations, like MAP Int’l, that equip the servants – in this case, the hundreds of clinics, agencies, NGO’s, and missions that serve the overseas poor with life-changing medical services.

Primary Sector:  Basic Health and Medical Services

Organization Size:  Medium — programs are supported by cash contributions totaling
$3,000,000 to $20,000,000 annually

Key Webpages:  about  http://www.map.org/content/about-map-overview
leveraging partnerships http://www.map.org/content/partners
core competency http://www.map.org/content/providing-medicines
total health http://www.map.org/content/promoting-health
approach http://www.map.org/content/our-family

Annual Report / Financial Statements:  http://www.map.org/about-map-financials

Contact Information:  visit http://www.map.org/content/about-map-overview
contact http://www.map.org/content/contact-us

  

More information (program and financial) about MAP Int’l
is available from the following organizations:
X   Charity Navigator X   Charity Watch / AIP  (fee)
X   Guidestar X   BBB / Wise Giving Alliance
X   Ministry Watch X   ACCORD Network member
     Intelligent Philanthropy  (fee) X   ECFA

 

Medical Teams International …   This global health organization has long been known for providing high quality, high impact volunteer medical services, crisis response, and critical interventions.   More >

Each year, Medical Teams International sends out nearly 200 volunteer medical teams in response to disasters and desperate need.  Importantly, this award-winning organization sees disaster response as a first step, to be followed and built upon by carefully designed rehabilitation and development efforts.  MTI also distributes medical equipment and supplies to and through hundreds of partner organizations all over the world; in addition, MTI teams bring community health training and development aimed at long-term, sustainable improvement in basic health among the world’s poorest.  These community health programs are at the heart of MTI’s well-deserved reputation for transformative work.

To support this work, MTI provides well-structured, intentional short-term volunteer opportunities for medical professionals and servant hearts that are designed with both feasibility and impact in mind.  Information about MTI’s volunteer programs can be found at http://www.medicalteams.org/volunteer.aspx.  For those interested in browsing resource and reference material developed by MTI, go to http://www.medicalteams.org/about_us/learning_zone.aspx.

Medical Teams International acts as the hands and feet of Christ to suffering people worldwide, and magnifies its impact by equipping others to do likewise.

Primary Sector:  Basic Health and Medical Services

Organization Size:  Medium — programs are supported by cash contributions totaling
$3,000,000 to $20,000,000 annually

Key Webpages:  core competencies http://www.medicalteams.org/what_we_do.aspx
international partners and programs http://www.medicalteams.org/about_us/our_partners.aspx  

Annual Report / Financial Statements:  http://www.medicalteams.org/about_us/financials.aspx

Awards and Articles of Note:  see awards below; Ministry Watch Shining Light article (then known as Northwest Medical Teams, 2006) here;

Contact Information:  visit http://www.medicalteams.org/, contact http://www.medicalteams.org/contact.aspx    

 

More information (program and financial) about Medical Teams Int’l
is available from the following organizations:
X   Charity Navigator * X   Charity Watch / AIP  (fee) ***
X   Guidestar X   BBB / Wise Giving Alliance
X   Ministry Watch ** X   ACCORD Network member
     Intelligent Philanthropy  (fee) X   ECFA
*  2011 “Top-Notch Charity”
**  Shining Light Award 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
***  Best Ways to Support Relief Efforts in East Africa
Best Ways to Support Relief Efforts in West Africa
Help Provide Relief to Haiti’s Earthquake and Cholera Victims

see also…  Many organizations listed under Comprehensive Community Development do effective, significant work in the Basic Health and Medical Services sector.

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