Some of the earliest endeavors of American philanthropy recognized health as a key component to human well-being. From reforming medical education to training public health workers and nurses, and later mobilizing new technologies toward better approaches in immunization, preventive care, and epidemiological research, foundations’ health programs have made major contributions to human health around the world.
Philanthropy’s role in cleaning up the milk supply prompted better federal food safety protections.
A hundred years ago, hookworm disease was an epidemic across the US South. Northern philanthropy tried to help.
Century-old tips to prevent infection still make sense today.
Care for the dying, not care for a cure, was a new idea in the 1970s.
How battling hookworm on rural farms laid the groundwork for a global public health system.
What does it take to control the outbreak of a deadly disease?