Infographic Shows The Differences Between The Diseases We Donate To, And The Diseases That Kill Us

“Infographic Shows The Differences Between The Diseases We Donate To, And The Diseases That Kill Us.” By Stephen Luntz, IFL Science.

For an article in Vox Julia Belluz created an infographic using figures from the Centers for Disease Control for 2011 to compare how much money is donated to fight various diseases and how many people in the USA actually die from those same diseases. Belluz uses it to critique celebrity-driven campaigns for rare diseases such as the ice bucket challenge for ALS, compared to more frequent, but less glamorous conditions. The discrepancy the graphic is striking. While all charities have overheads, some deliver a much larger proportion of dollars received to where it can make a difference than others. What’s more, high profile events like the ice-bucket challenge tend to disguise how little relatively wealthy people actually give away on average. Luntz argues, “if we spent as much on fighting disease as we do on bottled water to pick just one example, we’d have beaten most of these long ago.”

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