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CFC spotlights global health

The Combined Federal Campaign includes many charities that address international health matters.

The Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week is global health.

The World Health Organization declared 2020 “a devastating year” for health care worldwide, with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic jeopardizing hard-fought advances in maternal and child health and in non-COVID infectious disease.

Many parts of the world suffer with illnesses that are easily preventable — and treatable — with just a bit of help.

Yet medical systems have been set back on their heels, forced to battle the pandemic on top of everything else at a time when trained personnel are in short supply.

Overstretched medical systems worldwide need all the support they can get from the many nonprofits that serve this need.

If you’d like to help the cause but are unsure of where to direct your donation, the website for the campaign, also known as the CFC, can help.

Under “Donors” on the home page, choose “Online Charity Search” from the drop-down menu.

The second field is “Select a Specific Category.” While there is no specific category for global health, there are many that touch on it.

A few to try include “Health Care,” “Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief” and “Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines.”

The CFC is the federal government’s workplace charity drive. The current campaign began Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 15.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The website has more information.

This is the 11th in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week. Next week: human rights.