Using our elegantly simple and low-cost patterned paper technology to create diagnostic devices, Diagnostics For All (DFA) strives to meet the unique needs of those living in resource-poor regions. Your donation to DFA supports our development of this diagnostic technology for the developing world. To learn more about our impact areas, click here. For more information on our specific project areas, click here.
DFA welcomes contributions both large and small. Private individual donations are a particularly important and needed source of flexible funding for DFA, used for everything from funding technology development to supporting our regular organizational operations that maintain our ongoing projects.
Although significant improvements in disease diagnosis and control have been made over the past two decades, many of these improvements have not yet made it to the developing world, where lack of access to diagnostic technologies results in significant health problems and loss of life. According to the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), the greatest obstacle to controlling many diseases in the developing world is lack of access to effective and appropriate diagnostic tests, which can reliably and inexpensively identify disease so that treatment can quickly begin. In fact, improved access to diagnostics could potentially save millions of lives per year.
Despite this, diagnostics research efforts for the developing world tend to receive far less funding than other research and development efforts. Furthermore, according to the Global Health Diagnostics Forum, current diagnostic technologies are inadequate for meeting the unique health needs of developing countries, due to being inappropriately difficult-to-use and expensive. BIO Ventures for Global Health notes that diagnostic technologies for the developing world must be cheap, small, and robust; capable of operating without clean water or electricity and of withstanding heat, humidity, and transport; and simple enough to be used by minimally trained health care workers.
Your donation to DFA directly supports our efforts to create low-cost, easy-to-use, point-of-care diagnostics designed specifically for the 60% of the developing world that lives beyond the reach of urban hospitals and medical infrastructures. In addition to one-time individual gifts, there are several other ways to support DFA:
Planned Giving DFA accepts stock donations and we are happy to discuss with you the benefits of assigning a bequest to DFA in your estate planning, designating DFA as a beneficiary to life insurance, and other options.
Matching Contributions Many employers match charitable contributions made by their employees and we encourage you to inquire with your human resource department if your company has a corporate matching gift program.
Industry and Academic Partnerships DFA seeks to galvanize a cadre of experts in diagnostics, global health, non-profit development, and other fields and actively looks to engage in partnerships with those who share DFA’s interests.
Intellectual Property Donation DFA is happy to engage with Industry and Academic partners interested in donating their intellectual property towards our mission of improving lives in the developing world.
Knowledge Sharing DFA is always interested to hear from others working in the field of diagnostics and who would like to contribute their innovations to supporting DFA’s mission.
Contact us regarding these and other ways to assist DFA and thank you in advance for your consideration.
DFA is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.