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Google donates $1 million to fight zika virus

Following the declaration by the World Health Organisation WHO that Zika virus is a global emergency, announced today, March 3,
2016 that it will be donating a $1 million to fight Zika virus.
Google’s Director, Jacquelline Fuller stated that the donation is
intended at supporting vaccine research and also to work with the government
and communities for the prevention and cure of Zika. Fuller also reportedly said that the organization has
volunteered a team of engineers, data scientists and
designers to help UNICEF organize the data they collect on the ground to make it more digestible to
the public and other organizations working to combat Zika.
“ As a company whose mission is helping people find
information, with a lot of experience in analyzing large
sets of data, we’re in a good position to help—at scale and at speed ,” says Director
Jacquelline Fuller.
“ Ultimately, the goal of this open source platform is
to identify the risk of Zika transmission for different
regions and help UNICEF, governments and NGO’s
decide how and where to focus their time and resources.
“ This set of tools is being prototyped for the Zika response, but will also be applicable to future emergencies ,” Fuller added.
Google launched a campaign to help match employee donations with a goal of providing an additional
$500,000 for UNICEF and the Pan American
Health Organization.
YouTube which is owned by Google has a progressive
plan to also join in creating awareness.
Most recently, the first case in Slovakia was
According to reports, on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 a Slovak woman returning from South America was diagnosed to have the virus.

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