By creating the “Amazon of Aid,” The Level Market aims to make an impact on global health. Our goal is to make it easier for organizations outside the UN system to find, procure, and deliver essential medical supplies to those in need, whether that’s a rural clinic in Central America or a community in need of clean drinking water following a devastating flood.
Currently, conservative figures by the World Bank and WHO estimate that more than 400 million people lack access to basic health services from antenatal care to immunizations. Natural disasters and manmade crises, which are on the increase, only serve to exacerbate these health hazards, adding to the already heavy global health burden. The current global health picture is still dark in many places:
- There are 7 billion cases of diarrheal disease in children under the age of 5, 525,000 of whom will not survive an entirely preventable and treatable illness;
- There are 212 million cases of malaria each year, resulting in in almost half a million deaths;
- According to UNICEF, nearly half of all deaths in children under the age of 5 can be attributed to undernutrition;
- One third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis, with 1.7 million dying of the disease every year;
- According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, over 36 million people are living with HIV, with about 5,000 new infection every day
The market for global health products–and the importance of accessing and delivering them–has changed dramatically over the past decade.
Entrepreneurs are creating more and increasingly innovative global health products – often with lower price points and better effectiveness. These products have the potential to save millions of lives, but without a continuous supply of high quality devices, people will fall further into suffering and, without access to quality medical care, they will die.
The good news is that in additional to this growth in healthcare innovations, there is increased attention and resources for global health.
Billions of dollars in donor funding is now focused on infectious diseases, maternal health, child mortality, but much of it flows through large aid bodies. There are, however, thousands of small-to-medium international organizations and buyers operating in the global health arena who are making a significant impact in the global health field. This dedicated group of advocates also need access to quality supplies quickly and for a fair price. These organization are often more nimble, giving them the ability to quickly and capably respond to global health crises with suitcases and containers full of clean birth kits, mosquito nets, and water purification tablets.
The Level Market and these humanitarian organizations have complementary missions: creating positive, sustainable health changes in communities around the world. Our mission is to help get quality health supplies to the 1.3 billion living in poverty who don’t have ready access to healthcare systems.
As the world’s trusted global marketplace for curated humanitarian supplies, we make available technologies that help people survive and thrive: female condoms, infusion monitors, nutritional supplements for malnourished children, medical kits, and more. These vital products help reduce malnutrition, malaria, infant mortality, diarrheal deaths, HIV/AIDS. Through our platform we are supporting and bolstering the creation, development, manufacture, and overall innovation of healthcare products. But even more than that, we see our job as taking this innovation further to opening up access to these vital healthcare products so that someone working for a community church in Western Ohio can improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people as easily as someone working for a large NGO based in D.C.