Julia Belluz made the following infographic to compare how many people die from various diseases and how much money is donated to fight the same disease in the USA, for an article in Vox.
The following infographic sheds light on how celebrity-driven campaigns for rare diseases such as the ice bucket challenge for ALS receive more funding, compared to more frequent, but less glamorous conditions.
But there are a few things to keep in mind. Though HIV may not be a major killer of Americans, people are concerned over the number of people who die from it globally.
People are also more likely to donate to diseases that kill children than they are likely to donate to diseases that kill old people. Lesser the number of years lost because of a disease, lesser the donation.
It is really good to think about how you can make the most difference with your donation. While all charities have overheads, some deliver a larger proportion they receive to where it can make a change in people’s lives.