GoPhilanthropic focuses on 3 key sectors of development: health, human rights, and education. We are passionate about these sectors because we believe that focusing on organizations that combat these inequities will ultimately lead to better opportunities and improved livelihoods for individuals around the world.
So why did we select health in particular as a key sector?
According to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Goal 3, Good Health and Well Being, or health equity, is achieved when we can ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. While the goal is straightforward, the steps to actually achieving equity include many factors like access to quality healthcare services, safe access to health services, education opportunities, food resources, and even a family’s financial means.
For example, a community’s lack of infrastructure or transportation may make it difficult or impossible for families to visit well equipped hospitals or seek medical attention in an emergency. Compounded with other challenges such as limited education and financial means, the issues become all the more difficult to mitigate. This means that organizations seeking to strengthen health equity need to target and address a multitude of barriers and challenges that a community may face. We know that creating great hospitals and clinics alone is not enough, there needs to be a comprehensive plan to help people receive care and to ensure that hospitals have the services available that meet the needs of their community, including linguistically appropriate care or awareness campaigns to reach rural areas.
We strongly believe that addressing these issues requires leaders and organizations who know the unique challenges of their community and we have worked hard to identify partners who focus on community wide health efforts and initiatives.
For this blog post, we would like to highlight our current health partners and how their work addresses the many factors needed to achieve health equity. In addition, we would like to discuss the impact of COVID and other disasters in our partners’ communities and how it has changed the work and approach of all our partners to focus more on health initiatives.