Rain does not fall on one roof alone.
- African proverb
The challenges of improving global health are vast. As an individual,
you may feel powerless to change the situation for the better. But
there is much each of us can do. And a small gesture can bring about
more of a change than you might expect.
First, educate yourself about global health issues. Immerse yourself
in a subject that is of interest to you such as nutritional blindness,
West Nile virus, or tuberculosis and then learn about it. Discover
what causes it, who gets it, how it is treated, where it exists,
and what is being done to prevent and treat it. If you need a place
to start, visit our "Hot Topics" section and learn about
an important global health issue. The "Links" and "Bibliography"
sections will lead you to additional information about various topics.
Second, give your time, skill and money to a global health organization.
Contact an organization and offer to share your experience and commitment
to a cause that is important to you. Of course we would be delighted
if you supported our goals by making a financial contribution to
SHARED or our partners. What is important is getting involved in
any way you can.
Third, visit the survey section on our website and complete it
for us. We value your input and want to know your opinions about
the global health issues raised in that survey. Our surveys change
periodically so revisit this part of our website on a regular basis.
Email us, participate in our message board, and send us your questions,
comments, and suggestions. Visit the Message Board section and post
comments and questions. Let us know how you feel about the work
we are doing.
Fourth, promote good corporate citizenship! If you work for a company,
encourage the business to partner with non-profits to support worthy
causes and to create opportunities for employees to shine as volunteers.
Write letters to local, national or international businesses to
express your support of their good work or to voice your objection
to their lack of involvement in important health issues. Visit our
"Donation Programs" section to learn about some of the
partnerships created by the world's leading pharmaceutical companies
to combat disease. Let these corporations know that their programs
are important to you and should receive expanded support. If your
company would like to become a partner in global health, contact
us and let's discuss the ways to make that happen.
If you are a shareholder in a company that participates in a partnership
with a non-profit organization, be sure to attend shareholder meetings
or vote by proxy. Read the annual report, visit the company website,
and be on the lookout for shareholder resolutions dealing with health
issues. Shareholders are banding together and submitting resolutions
to be voted on at annual meetings. These resolutions may encourage
the corporation to take an expanded role in global health partnerships
or programs. Learn about these resolutions and express your opinion
of them before and during the annual meeting.
Or better yet, become a leader and draft a resolution yourself,
supporting a global health issue. There are many organizations and
resources available to assist corporate shareholders to become more
involved. Visit the website for Shareholder
Action Network for news about upcoming annual meetings, proxy
voting, and resolutions or visit www.business.com
and look at their shareholder resolution guidelines to learn about
the role of corporate stockholders. Look up keywords such as "shareholder
proposal" or "corporate citizenship" to learn more
about this opportunity for involvement.
Fifth, visit the "PharmaShares" section of our website
and learn about this innovative proposal for funding access to essential
medicines. Contact us with your comments and suggestions. If you
like the idea, contact the major pharmaceutical and investment companies
and encourage them to work with us to develop this idea.
Your contribution to the fight to improve health is vital and does
make a difference because you are not acting alone. Through the
actions of millions of people the health of people worldwide can
improve. Get involved and change someone's life today.