Zainab Asal

1Joined Aug 2022


The first one would be directed to the vitamin A supplementation (VAS) program by Helen Keller International (HKI) as a cost-effective way to reduce childhood mortality. it is estimated that it costs $1.10 to deliver a vitamin A supplement through their programs. I’m drawn to this cause as the scale of undernutrition effect could cause millions of persistently malnourished children to be less mentally and physically capable than they otherwise would be and make them more prone to several non-communicable diseases during adulthood.


 The second option would be a new EA organization, incubated by CE, and I came to know about it from the EA introductory course and discussed it with my groups. Lead Exposure Elimination Project (LEEP) aims to reduce lead poisoning that is affecting nearly 815 million children worldwide that has detrimental effects on neurodevelopment and IQ. It has been estimated that every dollar spent on lead paint hazard control results in a return of $17-$221 


The third organization will be alternating between meta charities as it feels so hard to only pick one and I’d rather donate every month to a different org. in this way, I would feel more comfortable giving a chance to every org in this category. Meta charities focus mainly on community building which is considered an intervention that potentially benefits a variety of cause areas rather than working on s specific cause area.  According to 80000hours, it’s believed that the effective altruism community could eventually save 100–1,000 million quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) per year by causing $10–100 billion per year to be spent on much more effective projects. 



From another perspective, if I must choose only one organization I would go for a meta charity for a few reasons. First, although it seems it focuses on a particular cause area yet, at the same time it will have returns all cause areas where an EA community builder exists. This leads me to my second reason which is by working on promoting effective altruism and community building it’ll potentially multiply its impact several-fold, by helping others avoid ineffective ways of helping others, and channeling their efforts into strategies that are many times more effective. Third, meta charity can help with the current challenge in EA which is surprisingly not related to funding (there’s enough money at least for the current being) but the lack of capacity within the human resource for conducting cost-effective interventions and running the current charities more effectively to have a higher impact. Charity entrepreneurship (CE) is one of the organizations that’s very interesting, they work on establishing other EA charities that serve EA priority cause areas and provide not only seed funding but also capacity building and career coaching for potential entrepreneurs. So far, they helped around 17 organizations to start up, and although I couldn’t manage to get my hands on any estimates for their activities and their impact in an aggregate value (or maybe I need to do more research :D). So if I must choose only one organization it would be CE, but for me, I prefer to select meta charities as an aggregate entity and donate each month to one of these charities. 

I actually agree with this point. sometimes you can achieve the same intervention at a much lower cost. For instance, the cost of treatment of Hepatitis C in Egypt is considered the cheapest worldwide (less than 90$ per patient) which can change a decision if we run a CEA estimate. 

Zainab Asal 

  • Location: Cairo, Egypt
  • Remote: Yes
  • Willing to relocate: I’m open to relocating starting from 2023, due to thesis obligations.
  • Skills: A- From professional setting: Policy advocacy, research analysis, operation management, strategy review and analysis, clinical nutrition, clinical pharmacy.  B- from academic settings:  public health nutrition, project design, program evaluation, data analysis (state, spss, python), essay writing. Currently, I'm self-learning SQL.
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  • Notes
  1. Cause Areas
  • Open to just about anything that’s EA related. I have a health background, so global-health-related projects would have a slightly higher preference.
  • I’m also interested in areas related to food security, food waste, and climate change.
  • I’m keen to get involved in something related to program/ impact evaluation, and data analysis as my main exposure in these domains is only academically.
  1. Experience with EA

I've been aware of and interested in EA for the past few months. I'd consider myself for now an enthusiast and a new learner who is trying to get more involved.

  • Availability

Most likely would be available within one month of receiving an offer.