On February 15, 2018, the Iodine Global Network (represented by Prof. John Lazarus, IGN Regional Coordinator for Western and Central Europe) went head to head with Health Poverty Action in a battle for student votes at the University of Sheffield.
A brief pitch from each charity was followed by questions and audience debate, which culminated in a vote to select the charity which, according to the participants, could do ‘most good’ with donated funds. With each vote translating to £10 (ca. $14), the event raised an impressive £680 ($954), of which the IGN claimed £420 ($590), and Health Poverty Action claimed £260 ($364).
As well as raising money for two great causes, one of the event’s goals was to create a discussion around the key questions of effective altruism: What forms of aid are most effective? Can individuals really make a difference? How is effectiveness measured? Many important issues were debated as a result, from health economics, to charities’ roles in politics, to individual action vs. systemic change.
Salt iodization is safe, affordable, and scalable, and one of the most cost-effective nutritional interventions to reduce chronic undernutrition (‘hidden hunger’) in the world. It costs just $0.2-0.5 per person per year, with a global benefit-to-cost ratio potentially as high as 70:1.
About the IGN
Iodine deficiency is the leading preventable cause of cognitive and developmental disabilities worldwide. However, the solution is safe and easy – fortifying salt with iodine as part of its production process. We work with public and private stakeholders to create and sustain salt iodization programs in affected countries. To support our work, please click here
About Health Poverty Action
Health Poverty Action is an international development organization working in 12 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America, prioritizing the poorest and most marginalized communities to strengthen people in their struggle for health. They address the full range of factors that impact on health, through strengthening health services, as well as areas such as nutrition, water, sanitation, immunization, income generation and women’s empowerment.