Efficient, environmentally-friendly and effective distribution is one of the key issues for the Global Soap Project. When selecting a partner, we consider the following:
- What are the needs of the targeted recipients?
- How is delivery to targeted populations ensured?
- How can we achieve both short-term and long-term positive results?
- How can we ensure we are not harming local economies through the distribution of free soap?
- What can we do to ensure the soap recipients have ongoing access to quality soap?
- What program interventions can be conducted to modify behaviors and instill handwashing as a lifelong habit?
- What can be done to minimize the possibility of graft and corruption within the distribution chain?
- How can shipping be done in the most cost effective and environmentally-friendly fashion?
- How do we avoid “re-inventing the wheel?”
The answer for the Global Soap Project has been to work with other trusted global health organizations that have existing distribution channels and ongoing health programs in local communities, where we can complement their efforts and maximize health outcomes through soap distribution and hygiene habit interventions. You can read more about just a few of our strategic partners below.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control or Prevention or CDC has a division which focuses on access to safe water, adequate sanitation, and proper hygiene education to reduce illness and death from disease, leading to improved health, poverty reduction, and socio-economic development. The CDC engages in several programs around the world to protect communities and address challenges relating to WASH.
MedShare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of the surplus of medical supplies and equipment to those most in need. We collect surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, medical distribution companies and individuals, and then redistribute them to qualified healthcare facilities in the developing world. We also outfit medical missions and safety net clinics in both the U.S. and abroad.
Partners in Health
PIH promotes community-based approach to health care and socioeconomic support in twelve countries around the world. They are driven by three goals: to care for their patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease, and to share lessons learned with other countries and NGOs. PIH brings the benefits of modern medicine to those most in need and work to alleviate the crushing economic and social burdens of poverty that exacerbate disease.