Inside our Accelerator
Despite a vast universe of potentially high-impact interventions in the global health and international development space, many good ideas with the proven ability to reduce the burden of poverty are not currently being delivered at scale. Evidence Action was founded with this challenge in mind.
Access Without Quality Doesn’t Hold Water
Unsafe water is responsible for more than 1.2 million deaths each year. It is the most common cause of diarrhea, which kills more than half a million children annually. Water access – which is already lagging – is not nearly enough. Accessible water must also be safe to drink: free from pathogens and disease. The water sector has focused primarily on increasing access through constructing new infrastructure and upgrading existing systems, such as investing in piped networks, community level systems and boreholes.
Strengthening Our Leadership in Africa
Evidence Action now operates in nine countries in Africa and Asia, where we have invested in building strong local presence, leadership, and knowledge. To continue strengthening this in-country presence as we grow, the Africa regional leadership team is maximizing our agility and flexibility for quick and lasting impact.
The Best Shot for Pregnant Women and Newborns
Each year, one million pregnant women have active syphilis infections across the world – and a majority go untreated, resulting in over 350,000 severe adverse outcomes. An inexpensive (less than US$0.50) shot of penicillin prevents the vast majority of the adverse outcomes, yet less than 30% of infected women are treated in many high-burden countries.
Bigger Impact, Bigger Bang for the Buck
We’ve innovated, iterated, and scaled our evidence-based and cost-effective solutions to serve millions.
Deepening the impact of our safe water work
An exciting new in-line chlorination program from Evidence Action’s Accelerator is ready to launch. A real-life example of one of Evidence Action’s core values, “Iterate, again,” in-line chlorination is a next-generation water treatment technology that builds on our highly successful Dispensers for Safe Water program. This intervention will enable us to reach new communities and
Acting urgently to grow our impact
In 2019, Evidence Action set a five-year organizational strategy with an ambitious goal to double our impact by 2024. We have been hard at work since and – despite the setbacks presented by a global pandemic – we are well on track to achieve this. We currently reach 195 million people across seven countries (yes,
Meet Jenny Choi-Fitzpatrick – Our new Chief Operating Officer
During this critical time of growth, we are thrilled to welcome Jenny Choi-Fitzpatrick, an experienced leader and international development practitioner, to our leadership team. Jenny is our new Chief Operating Officer, overseeing our global finance, people, operations, legal, and IT functions in this role. Before joining Evidence Action, Jenny served as Senior Director, Africa for Global Communities,
John Gianola – In Memorium
John B. Gianola, a long-standing member of Evidence Action’s board of directors, passed away earlier this year. We are so grateful for his expertise, guidance, and unwavering support of our mission, and want to honor his service to the organization. Prior to his six-year tenure on our board, John had retired from his 38 year
A Change in Designation, Not Evaluation: Deworm the World and GiveWell’s Top Charity Updates
Each year, Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative reaches hundreds of millions of children with deworming treatments that improve their health, education, and long-term wellbeing. We do this for an average cost of less than US$0.50 per treatment, and we know from field surveys that worm infections are decreasing – often dramatically – in the