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10 Ways the Clinton Foundation Improves and Saves Lives Globally

The Clinton Foundation is a philanthropic organization that improves lives globally by bringing together businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals in an effort to alleviate poverty by providing vulnerable communities with better access to healthcare, education, and sustainable employment.

AFRICA

1. HIV/AIDS 

Shortly after the Clinton Foundation was established, steps were taken to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. The Clinton Health Access Initiative negotiated lower prices for HIV drugs to make them more accessible to those in need. The Foundation also led a global effort to improve children’s access. When the initiative started, only 15,000 children had access to treatment. As of 2016, over 800,000 children suffering from pediatric HIV across 34 countries are receiving the care they need. Improved access to testing and treatment has been instrumental in reducing mother-child transmission of the disease. Over 10 million people worldwide have benefitted from lower cost HIV/AIDS drugs.

2. Life-saving Vaccines

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) partners with governments to dispense life-saving vaccines for malaria, tuberculosis, and other life-threatening illnesses to save the lives of thousands of children in Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Malawi annually. The inclusion of new vaccines for pneumococcal and rotavirus is underway and will prevent nearly 50,000 child deaths each year when fully implemented.

3. Children’s Safe Drinking Water 

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) partnered with Proctor&Gamble to provide safe drinking water to vulnerable communities. Water purification packets are donated to international relief groups. One packet dissolved in 10 liters of dirty water will purify it in less than a half hour. This effort has provided billions of liters of clean water to Africa and South America. Similar CGI commitments have improved the lives of over 430 million people worldwide.

Africa-clinton foundation-hearing-aids4. One Million Hearing Aids

In 2010, the Starkey Hearing Foundation partnered with the Clinton Global Initiative to create the So The World May Hear program, which committed to donating one million hearing aids to those in need in Africa, South America, India, Asia, and the Middle East. In 2013, Former President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton traveled to Africa to fit children with hearing aids. To date, over 600,000 people have received hearing aids through the ‘So The World May Hear’ program.

5. Anchor Farm Business Model 

Unlocking the agricultural potential of rural areas helps lift families and communities out of poverty. The Clinton Foundation provides agricultural training and resources to over 85,000 farmers in Africa, specifically Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania, to help them boost crop yield and profitability. Over 55% of the farmers in the program are female.

Since the program was implemented in Malawi, soy bean and maize yields have doubled. In 2013, the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI) partnered with the Netherlands to introduce Climate-Smart Agriculture practices which include environmentally-friendly farming methods.

Almost half of the children in Malawi suffer from malnutrition. To combat malnutrition, farmers are introduced to a variety of crops and provided with training on how to prepare a more protein-rich diet using soya in recipes at home.

When one farmer, Divencio Chaduka, was asked how the program improved his life, he responded that he was able to buy a tin roof to protect his home from rain and send his kids to school. In the future, he hopes to buy more land, livestock, and run his own grocery store. The Clinton Foundation hopes to implement this Business Model around the world to empower millions of farmers.

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UNITED STATES

6. Alliance for a Healthier Generation

The Clinton Foundation partnered with the American Heart Association to reduce childhood obesity in the United States and to give kids the tools they need to develop healthy habits. By 2016, over 31,000 schools serving more than 18 million kids were enrolled in the healthy schools program. The program emphasizes the importance of healthy food in schools, health education, physical activity, and wellness programs to benefit school employees.

NO CEILINGS GLOBAL INITIATIVE

The No Ceilings Initiative collects global data to determine where women have made gains in the two decades since the 1995 Conference on Women in Beijing where Hillary Clinton announced, “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, once and for all.” Projects under this initiative attempt to address areas where women have not made progress in recent decades by promoting equal rights under the law, educational opportunities, and economic advancement for girls and women. The CHARGE program is an example of a program developed as part of the No Ceilings Initiative to address ongoing gender gaps in education.

7. CHARGE: Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education

The CHARGE initiative recognizes the barriers that result in significantly fewer girls than boys attending secondary schools in certain regions of the world. CHARGE is an international collaborative effort. Over $800 million dollars has been committed to help 15 million girls gain access to primary and secondary education and to help them transition to employment.

CHARGE initiatives include:

  • BRAC International will work to improve learning and life transitions for more than 2.7 million girls and invest $280 million across Bangladesh and seven other countries.
  • The Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) will spend $100 million to help marginalized girls in sub-Saharan Africa complete secondary school and transition to secure livelihoods.
  • Plan International will commit more than $16 million to help prevent and respond to school-related gender-based violence in Asia.
  • Room to Read will invest $12 million to ensure that 15,000 girls in nine countries will transition to secondary school and then from school to the workforce or higher education.
  • GRACE Association will work to transform 50 schools in Pakistan’s most remote and impoverished areas to be inclusive, safe learning environments for 17,000 girls.
  • The Study Hall Foundation will expand its efforts to promote girls’ secondary school completion in the Uttar Pradesh region of India.

HAITI

Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world. Many parents relinquish their children to orphanages not because they want to, but because they lack adequate income and access to healthcare, education, and social services. The Clinton Foundation has raised over $30 million for Haiti with the goal of improving lives through job training and better access to education and healthcare. Members of the Clinton Global Initiative have made over 100 Commitments to strengthen health, education, agriculture, and infrastructure in Haiti.

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8. Artisan Craft Training

The Clinton Foundation partnered with local Haitian artisan businesses, Papillon Enterprise and Caribbean Craft, to provide women in Haiti with artisan craft training, stable jobs, and access to healthcare and childcare. These businesses provide Haitians with training in creative art forms such as: pottery, paper making, jewelry making, sewing, painting, and creating art with recycled materials.  The Clinton Foundation connected these businesses to international markets to ensure continued growth and employment of hundreds of artisans.

9. Peanut Supply Chain Program

The Haitian climate and soil provide an ideal environment for growing peanuts. In 2014, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) created Acceso, a peanut supply chain program, to transform the ailing peanut industry. The program trains Haitian farmers to increase their peanut yields and connects farmers to large, international buyers to provide them with a stable source of income. Thousands of Haitian farmers participate in the program. One farmer said his income increased by 40% as a result of participating in the program.

PERU

10. The Chakipi Program

This initiative provides women in Peru with sales training and items to sell within their communities.  Items include nutritious food, shampoo, soap, dental hygiene items, and solar lamps. Through CGEP, over 2 million dollars has been invested to empower more than 4,000 female entrepreneurs.

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We highlighted just a few examples of how the Clinton Foundation has improved lives around the world. To learn more, visit the Clinton Foundation online.

Photo credits: Clinton Foundation

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