Pure Earth Makes Top 100 of MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Competition

We’re proud to share that the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has selected Pure Earth’s proposal to solve Madagascar’s pollution crisis as a Top 100 in its 100&Change competition. Project co-leads on the proposal are Indiana University and the University of Birmingham, UK. 

We are excited to be part of a partnership that holds such transformative power. Madagascar, a member of GAHP since 2016, was an early adopter of the Health and Pollution Action Planning process, bringing together a broad cross-section of government ministries, civil society and international organizations, to analyze the scientific data on pollution and health, and select a set of priorities for action. The sustained focus and commitment from this broad coalition to improve the health of all Malagasy children has propelled us to this promising point. — Richard Fuller, President, Pure Earth; GAHP board chair.

In Madagascar, where pollution causes nearly one third of premature deaths, we plan to implement the world’s first Health & Pollution Action Plan. Our collaboration with Indiana University and University of Birmingham has led to the formation of the Solve Pollution Network, a multidisciplinary environmental consortium of 22 organizations to implement priority solutions.