These days, even the most casual news consumer realizes that large portions of the world are under extreme duress. Whether it’s due to the geopolitical conflicts in Eastern Europe or the Middle East, or the natural disasters ravaging South Asia, the Caribbean, or North America, more people than ever seem to be in dire need of medical assistance. As always, the United Nations and individual governments provide what aid they can, but in many cases, this is not enough, and it falls to nonprofit organizations to make up the difference.

As the founder and chair of the board of Humaniti, a charity whose mandate includes dispatching medical assistance to global hot spots, I’ve seen firsthand that the demands posed by the current humanitarian crises are exceptionally high. There are an overwhelming number of people who are in dire need of urgent care. The logistics involved in providing this care are increasingly complex, and the financial costs grow higher and higher. But I know that the costs of failing are still higher. 

When a conflict bubbles over into open combat or a natural disaster strikes, the people in the affected region are in peril of life and limb—this is undeniable. There is a moral imperative to help them. Human life is sacred and every measure ought to be taken to preserve it. That is the primary reason that I, and so many other nonprofit founders like me, work so hard to supply medical aid in the first place.

As the CEO of the multi-million dollar investment firm M Worldwide Inc., I understand that there is also an economic necessity in providing this kind of aid. When a city, country, or region is thrown into turmoil, the entire local economy suffers, which invariably leads to further distress for the people living there.

The main reason for this is the loss of stability. Without stability, transportation networks become unreliable, disrupting supply chains and making it difficult for food, medicine, and other crucial needs to reach the people that most need it. Without stability, businesses are destroyed (in these examples, through human violence or acts of God), and the people who once worked for them, if they are lucky enough to survive, immediately lose their sources of income and their means of supporting their families. Instability in a region causes poverty to increase exponentially, which ultimately has negative ripple effects throughout the globe.

So, what’s the best way to restore stability to a war-torn or disaster-stricken region? By providing basic medical aid to the human beings that live in that region. Healthy human beings are far more capable of restoring stability and rebuilding an economy than sick or injured ones. Restoring a community’s health is the first step in restoring the community overall, and reintroducing some degree of prosperity.

It’s in the best interests of everyone on the planet to protect people from danger and keep them healthy and safe as much as possible. By making sure that innocent people trapped in conflict zones have access to much-needed medical assistance, it benefits everyone. It’s everyone’s responsibility to protect and assist those affected by natural disasters, ensuring they’re not left to their own devices to pick up the pieces of their lives. In doing so, we ensure a better future not just for them, but for the global economy, too. 

That’s why the work done by nonprofits that supply medical aid to unstable regions is so important. Not only does it save lives, but it has the secondary effect of lifting up and rejuvenating these regions, securing a brighter future for us all.