Today, organizations are becoming more socially active when it comes to participating in charity and philanthropy events. The TM Office recently contributed to the Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) last month when Dwight and member’s from POAM brought down entertainment items, workout gloves and a vast array of other items to military members being seen at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. We were very honored to be a part of this amazing philanthropy event because, let’s be honest, doing good things for people makes you feel good. Charity is never a bad thing and I can’t help but compliment HP on their latest use of “social good campaigns.”
HP is doing things a little untraditional with their philanthropy efforts. HP isn’t satisfied with just writing a check and sending it off to an organization/cause in need. No, instead HP wants to make a huge difference on an international scale. They plan to do this by working to improve the infrastructure of many non-profit organizations and to increase the reach of certain non-profits.
HP’s most recent campaigns involve a major focus on detecting malaria and fake drugs in Africa. According to an article written by Zachary Sniderman of Mashable.com, “HP partnered with Ping to equip workers in Botswana with smartphones to collect malaria data, notify the Ministry of Health about outbreaks, and tag data and disease surveillance with a GPS coordinate.”
If HP’s campaign turns out to be successful, the information received will create a geographical map of how the disease is being transmitted, so the appropriate country will be able to speed up the time to work on ridding out malaria outbreaks.
HP has also worked with a non-profit organization out of Ghana called mPedigree to try to rid Africa of counterfeit drugs. HP used their own technology to develop scratch-off codes to be put on the labels of medication. Once the code is scratched off, buyers can text the code and find out within 10 seconds if the medication is real or fake.
The last “social good campaign” HP is developing is a health monitoring system in Singapore. HP developed a system in which 100 patients within Singapore hospitals will wear wristbands for eight weeks. These wristbands have the technology to transmit data wirelessly back to the hospital with information regarding such things as blood pressure and heart readings.
HP has come up with an innovative idea, which will do a vast amount of good for people in need. What do you think of HP’s philanthropic advancements? Do you think other major tech organizations will throw their hats in these “social good campaigns?” Let us know your thoughts; we always love to hear your input.