There are a number of ailments that the United States is fortunate not to have to be concerned about. For instance, there are vaccines for the mumps, measles, polio, smallpox and other afflictions, which means that the majority of the American population will never suffer from them.
However, this is not the case worldwide. As such, medical professionals, human rights organizations, charities, foundations and other entities are constantly fighting to bring treatments and cures to these areas.
One of the latest conditions to catch these organizations' eyes is malaria.
Country coalition pledges money
Recently, leaders from the United States, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland announced that they were joining together to pledge $750 million to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Moreover, government administrators promised to continue making these types of pledges to the fund for years to come.
The Nordic nations are no strangers to donating to this organization, although this recent aid represented a $150 million increase in average pledges for the nations. The U.S. contributed $375 million.
Chicago company donates nets
Another way many entities are helping prevent the spread of malaria is not by giving money, but by extending supplies, namely nets. According to WLS-TV, Chicago-based company Clarke was recently honored by the Carter Center because of its donation of mosquito nets to individuals in Nigeria.
The news source said this action has likely saved many lives in the African nation. Moreover, it can not only prevent malaria, but also lymphatic filariasis, which causes uncontrolled limb swelling.
So far, Clarke has supplied more than 100,000 nets, but more are needed to prevent the further spread of the two afflictions. The supplies last for about five years, and three individuals can sleep under them at a time, WLS-TV reported. The nets only cost $2.50 each.
"There's probably a worldwide demand of over 120 million of these nets a year as we try to eradicate lymphatic filariasis and malaria," Clarke CEO Lyell Clarke explained to the news outlet.
Technology company getting in on the action
These various types of donations aren't just being made by foundations, charities and government leaders. Microsoft recently began helping those in areas affected by malaria.
The Office 365 platform, which can allow companies to share common documents, is now being promoted to many nonprofits across the globe, something that has been able to further these groups' generosity and ultimate results. For example, healthcare innovation charity PATH recently began using the program, which has enabled its Malaria Vaccine Initiative team to work together even if the workers are in different regions, thereby expanding their reach. Team members can access and edit the same materials.
Organizations that are looking to raise funds through grant opportunities or local campaigns can use nonprofit financial management solutions to improve their chances of success. The software can help program leaders identify potential donors and send out applications with accurate accounting information.