After being blinded by a chemistry experiment that went awry, local schoolboy John Wilson helped to open up the door of opportunity for those who had lost their eyesight. In the 1950’s he founded the British Empire Society for the Blind, which changed names throughout the years until 1986, when it officially received the name of Sightsavers. A charitable organization which promotes the rights of those with disabilities and helps individuals who have preventable blindness.
According to a May 2018 news article that was posted on the Sightsavers website entitled “First treatments for trachoma distributed in Yemen”, well known pharmaceutical company Pfizer donated over 444,000 doses of the medication Zithromax to citizens who had been afflicted with trachoma, a preventable blindness in the war-ravaged area of Yemen.
Over four-thousand devoted volunteers, many of which were women, traveled through hundreds of local villages and administering the drug to those who would benefit from it. While there, they also handed out personal hygiene kits and provided educational advice as well.
Trachoma is a preventable disease that’s spread through human contact with flies. If left untreated, can lead to various eye issues and in some severe cases, total blindness which cannot be treated. This neglected tropical disease affects two in a half million people in Yemen. It is an area that’s been affected by war throughout the years and of its residents don’t even have a sustainable water supply or healthy living conditions. Making them more susceptible to the disease.
With the ever present war lingering in Yemen, the volunteers seeking to assist local villagers find it to be quite challenging. However, despite the looming danger around every corner, continue to administer their volunteer services to residents of the area.
Always the goal of political campaigns, or any other campaign for that matter, is the ability to have fundraisers, donors, and the very campaign group itself, more involved. With such involvements must come the continual advancement and innovation of technology. All of this to maintain a competitive edge over those who would otherwise have the lead in the ever-competitive world today. NGP VAN has not only created some of the most innovative technology to achieve such an end in the world of campaigning but has also relentlessly upgraded its very creations.
With NGP VAN being a Washington DC-based company specializing in data and web hosting, this allows the perspective of not only number crunching and data but better ways to integrate the technology with the users of such. Such combinations can only produce success when the aim of the campaign is to reach a vast populist with the goal of achieving satisfactory results. In the labor-intensive days of campaigning, such was not possible due to the limited manpower, the mobilization of the competitors in an area before the arrival of the present campaign, and also the lack of resources of the campaign. These were ingredients that made for the necessity of a new wave of technology to remove such labor and replace it with ease and ingenuity. This is where NGPVAN has become so special today.
One notable creation by NGP VAN is combining technology big data and social media in one web platform that has made campaign organizers more effective with dispersing canvas assignments to the team out in the field. Be it noted that the team’s out in the field, the very grassroots individuals that walk the streets promoting various campaigns, were also included in the new wave of technology developed by NGP VAN. This technology is called MiniVAN. This allows the canvasser the ability to use their smartphone devices to receive instructions from the campaign organizer, various directions, and also to keep track of places they have been already or places they need to go. This makes the goal of reaching the widest populist possible while assembling a stronger effort on behalf of the campaign organizers from day to day.
With NGP VAN at the Forefront of campaign excellence, it should be noted that technological resources are being mobilized on a grand scale in the world today. Thanks to the ingenuity of NGP VAN, such technologies can only improve any campaign that has a desire for success.