On the Trust

The Trust on Human and Environmental Health was established to help ensure that the world's most underserved communities, and the environs we all inhabit, receive sufficient, necessary, and thoughtful care. The Trust conceives human health to be physiological and psychological in its constitution, to include the absence or reduction of disease, and to be dependent on stability in wellness and well-being. The Trust also understands the health of humans and environments to be increasingly intertwined. So it is especially receptive to work that addresses how higher burdens of environmental harm, borne by communities in Africa and its global diasporas, have furthered long-standing national and global health inequities. Such work cannot help but envision improvements in health within communities that are structurally related via forms of discrimination and environmentally connected via features of a shared planet. The Trust therefore conducts and supports work that answers urgent questions about the connected nature of health in Africa and its global diasporas and the health of communites across nations and the world.

 

The Trust's Projects

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The Trust's Finances

The Trust on Human and Environmental Health was established as part of the Declaration of Trust of the Chinyere and Chinelo Ikoku Charitable Trusts, and is subject to the general fiduciary responsibilities outlined in the Declaration. These include stipulations that limit appropriated spending in any given year to no more than 5% of the three-year average market value of the Trust's current principal, with no less than half of such annual spending dedicated to work on continental Africa. It is also expected that spending be overwhelmingly dedicated to directly benefiting low-income and low-resource communities. Such stipulations are in line with best practices to ensure that the Trust continues to exist in perpetuity and that it continues to have assets to carry out its charitable purposes during that time.

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