Google Working With UNICEF To Map Zika Virus, Provides $1M Grant For Prevention Efforts

Reuters: Google says its engineers working with UNICEF to map Zika
“Alphabet Inc.’s Google said on Thursday that its engineers were working with U.N. child agency UNICEF to analyze data in an effort to map and anticipate the spread of the Zika virus, linked to birth defects among children in Brazil…” (Bentley, 3/3).

USA TODAY: Google gives $1M grant, engineers to fight Zika virus
“…The Internet giant’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, is giving a $1 million grant to UNICEF. The grant is earmarked to raise awareness of the mosquito-borne virus, reduce mosquito populations, develop diagnostics and vaccines, and work with communities and governments to prevent disease transmission. Google also has launched a matching campaign for Google employees with the goal of providing an additional $500,000 to UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization…” (Guynn, 3/3).

WIRED: Google is Donating $1 Million to UNICEF to Fight Zika
“…[A]ccording to the company, the volunteer team is working on building an open source platform to process data from various sources, including weather and travel patterns, to help visualize potential outbreaks. The aim is to have governments and NGOs use Google.org’s tech to decide where their resources would be best spent…” (Alba, 3/3).

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