We reach over a million people from all faiths, countries, and ethnicities each year as we help communities implement the three pillars of health: clean water sources, improved sanitation facilities, and proper hygiene training.
We protect the health and lives of mothers and children by donating to key global immunization partners to eradicate and eliminate diseases, strengthen immunization systems, and combat the outbreak of diseases around the world.
The World Health Organization estimates that one million newborns die each year from breathing difficulties. LDS Charities provides training to medical personnel around the world in an effort to decrease the deaths of newborns and their mothers each year.
As the worldwide refugee crisis has worsened in recent years, LDS Charities has responded by developing a three-pronged approach: immediate relief, long-term aid, and resettlement support. To accomplish our work, we have joined with a variety of trusted local and global partners to support refugees.
Over 300 million people worldwide live with low vision or blindness. We work to improve the quality of eye care and treatment delivered by local health care organizations so that blindness and visual impairment may be avoided.
We work with partner organizations that serve people with mobility disabilities to provide appropriate manual wheelchairs to individuals. According to WHO guidelines, we ensure each person is assessed, fit, instructed, and given ongoing support.
See How Far We’ve Come – From Edward Jenner to the Eradication of Smallpox
Smallpox was one of the world's deadliest diseases before it was eradicated in 1980. As we join in celebrating World Immunization Week 2018, read about the history of the eradication of smallpox and what LDS Charities is doing to continue focusing on immunizations and vaccinations.