Interplast is honored to be included in world-renowned ethicist and Princeton professor Peter Singer’s widely acclaimed book, “The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty.”
The premise of the book is that if we could easily save the life of a child, we would--- and that most of us living in affluent countries can and should do more. It challenges readers “to give a modest proportion of their income to effective organizations fighting extreme poverty” in order to solve world poverty.
Interplast is mentioned as one of those effective organizations, based in part on watch-dog group Give Well’s favorable evaluation of us. “Interplast doesn’t save lives, but Give Well included it in [its most effective organizations category] because it transforms them so dramatically. Interplast corrects deformities like cleft palates, and helps burn victims so that they can walk or use their hands again,” writes Singer. “The procedures performed are often relatively simple and would be routine in rich nations, but for the poor in the developing world, getting to a surgeon is often impossible…. Life-changing procedures anywhere, the surgeries are even more so in poor countries, where discrimination against people with deformities is often much more severe than in rich nations.”
The book also discusses in interesting detail the psychology of giving and how there needs to be a cultural shift in giving to end poverty. “Research has shown that people are more likely to give if they know that others are giving. So we need to be upfront about our giving.”
Interplast is one of 15 charities recommended for donations on the book’s website. Singer also recently wrote to us, “I just wanted to add my own appreciation of your work at Interplast. I do hope the book helps you gain further support.” While we do not know if it has yet, we do know his website endorsement and numerous book interviews have increased traffic to our website. We thank Professor Singer for including us in his book and most importantly, for his work trying to make the world a better place for all.