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Medicine in Need (MEND)
Every year, millions of people in developing countries die from preventable diseases. MEND works to provide drugs and vaccines to people in these underserved countries, as well as reformulate existing products for the developing world. They work with academics and NGOs to get the technology, and with pharmaceutical companies for the product development. Together, they create vaccines and drugs that are suitable for the developing world, with no need for sterile water, refrigeration, multiple injections, or other cost-intensive conditions. And the private companies still make a profit–giving them an impetus to continue to help MEND’s cause.
Why it’s cool:
MEND is working to prevent tragic and unnecessary deaths in a sustainable, collaborative way. What could be cooler?