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LF, also known as elephantiasis, affects 120 million people worldwide and this week (April 19-26), we are proud to partner with actress and Global Network Ambassador Alyssa Milano and Tonic.com an online platform to educate and engage consumers around positive actions on a social-media driven campaign to raise $75,000 to keep a lymphatic filariasis (LF) program alive in the Indian state of Orissa.
IMA World Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have partnered with the
Indian n.g.o CASA on a lymphatic filariasis program in Orissa to care for 23,000 LF patients and work to identify new cases of the disease. The program serves to provide emotional support, home care, and health education to LF patients and their families. These health and education programs allow LF patients to get back on their feet and be empowered to return to work and be productive citizens, contributing to their families and communities.
This program needs $75,000 to continue. The Global Network, Alyssa Milano, and Tonic.com are determined to End the Neglect and raise those funds now. Together we make a BIG difference.
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March 16th, 2011
By: Alanna Shaikh
In the past couple of years we’ve faced major reconsideration of two of international developments biggest miracles: micro-credit and the Green Revolution.[i] They have gone from being seen as world-changing silver bullets to just one more tool in a kind of effective arsenal.
Micro-credit – the extension of small loans to poor people it seems, doesn’t lift most people out of poverty. Instead, what it does is help poor people to smooth their consumption – spread the cost of major expenditures over time. A loan that pays for a wedding, a home, or medical expenses allows a family to pay in installments slowly, as opposed to being suddenly drained of all their resources. It acts, in fact, in much the same way as micro-savings. Or a credit card, for that matter, and how many people have been lifted out of poverty by a Discover card? It’s a useful tool for money management, and a valuable tool for people who previously had no access to this kind of credit, but it’s not a game-changer. (For more information on micro-finance, I recommend reading anything David Roodman has written in particular this paper and his excellent blog.)
The Green Revolution has faced a similar rethinking. For those of you not familiar with the term, the Green Revolution was “a series of research, development, and technology transfer initiatives, occurring between the 1940s and the late 1970s, that increased agriculture production around the world, beginning most markedly in the late 1960s…The initiatives involved the development of high-yielding varieties of cereal grains, expansion of irrigation infrastructure, modernization of management techniques, distribution of hybridized seeds, synthetic fertilizers, and pesticides to farmers.”
The impact of the Green Revolution was felt primarily in South Asia, with Africa as a lesser beneficiary of the new technology. It has long been seen as one of international development aid’s greatest successes. We broke South Asia’s famine cycle. How do you not count that as a win?
Read more: The Solutions that Aren’t (Part 1)