D.C. City Councilor Proposes Drug Donation Program to Help Needy Seniors

“I meet with about 400 seniors every month, and I’ve heard from a number of them about the fact that prescription drugs can be a huge financial burden for them” because of the deficiencies in medical coverage in the United States under Medicare, Medicaid, and even private insurance, said Brandon T. Todd (D-Ward 4), a […]

Merck Foundation Launches Diabetes Care Initiative

The Merck Foundation has launched Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care, a five-year initiative to help improve diabetes care and health outcomes for vulnerable and underserved populations in the U.S. The initiative will bring $16 million over five years to eight clinics across the United States. The funding will help the grantees bring […]

The Magic Yarn Project Crochets Wigs for Children With Cancer

Holly Christensen had the original idea—to crochet a yarn wig for her friend’s little daughter as she went through chemotherapy. A part-time nurse with a background in oncology, Christensen knew that chemo could make kids’ scalps too sensitive for regular wigs. She wanted to make something fun and cozy for the three-year-old girl, so she […]

Russian Charity Brings Life to Children Suffering from Cancer

Curing cancer, particularly in children, is hard enough. But imagine if these children had no access to important resources that could save their lives! Increasing access and support is the drive behind Podari.Life, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit focused on providing services to children with cancer and their families. What makes Podari.Life unique, though, is its cultural […]

“Charity Care” and Hospital Bottom Lines

While we tend to think of charity as an entirely positive thing, there are times when it can actually harm the giver. “Charity care,” in hospital parlance, refers to covering patients who don’t have insurance, or who can’t or won’t pay for their hospital care. It gets expensive, but the Affordable Care Act has helped […]

Locks of Love Provides Wigs for Kids

Thinking about a drastic haircut? Chopping off your luscious ponytail? Did you know that you can donate your hair to Locks of Love? Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that helps financially disadvantaged children suffering from medical hair loss. While chemotherapy is the best known cause of hair loss, there are a variety of […]

Maine Charity Ships Medical Supplies to Syria

Partners for World Health is an organization based in Portland, Maine that collects discarded, but still usable, medical equipment from local hospitals and ships it overseas to underdeveloped or war-torn countries that can use it. They just shipped out 40,000 pounds of medical supplies which will be loaded on a ship and sent to Turkey, […]

Researchers Genetically Modify Mosquitoes to Resist Malaria

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), malaria will strike more than 200 million people this year and will kill nearly half a million of them. Although there are prevention programs such as the J.C. Flowers & Co.’s NetForLife initiative, Buy-a-Net, and others, there are some parts of the world – sub-Saharan Africa, in particular […]

A Look Back: The Trans-Kunene Malaria Initiative

The Trans-Kunene Malaria Initiative (TKMI) refers to three malaria-prone regions in Namibia: Kunene, Omusati, and Ohangwena. The term refers also to the efforts made to eradicate the disease there. Based on data collected between 1995 and 2013, nonprofits’ and NGOs’ work to eliminate malaria in this area have succeeded. Thanks to a partnership between the […]

Doctors Without Borders Seeks Investigation into Hospital Destruction

A recent air strike in the Afghan city of Kunduz, currently held by the Taliban, destroyed a fully functional hospital and killed 22 people. 180 staff and patients were in the hospital at the time of the air strike. Although the United States has not claimed responsibility yet, Doctors Without Borders has demanded an investigation […]