The likelihood of a small, privately-owned company in the Midwest aligning with a reknowned philanthropic foundation such as The Carter Center seems quite unlikely. But when visions are aligned, it's not.
In 2010, Clake approached The Carter Center to see how we could support The Center's efforts in vectored disease eradication and elimination in Nigeria. Bed nets, also known as long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs), were part of the solution. So the Clarke Cares Foundation began fundraising to supply nets to The Carter Center . . . matching every dollar raised.
3 years of hope, then success
Nasarawa and Plateau states in Nigeria stopped transmission of lymphatic filariasis (LF) by distributing a combination of oral drug treatment of ivermectin, donated by Merck, and albendazole, donated by GlaxoSmithKline annually, and by distributing long-lasting insecticidal bed nets, donated by the Clarke Cares Foundation/Clarke Mosquito Control and Vestergaard Frandsen. Both states also provided community-based health education, including teaching improved hygiene techniques to prevent the bacterial infections associated with advanced LF symptoms.
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