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The last 'Last week at MalariaWorld' of 2011...a special message for you.

January 5, 2012 - 22:56 -- Bart G.J. Knols

Behind the scenes at MalariaWorld, we keep a close eye on where our site visitors originate from. Nothing secretive (and we don't see names, so do not worry!), it's just Google analytics that I receive every single week.

During one of the recent weeks, we received 3432 visitors to the platform, of which 2846 were unique visitors.  Almost one thousand (944) of these originated from the USA, followed by 270 from the UK. Add France and Germany, and we see that 49,8% of our unique visitors originate from the developed world...Have a look at the map below...



Thus, nearly half of our visitors come from countries where access to information on malaria is not an issue, where access to online libraries is a click away from people's desktops or mobile devices, and for whom MalariaWorld is a convenient one-stop on the web to see and read all that is going on in the malaria world. If that is you, than please read on...


Because what you experience is not what the other half of our subscribers experience. They struggle with access, do not have a workstation available at will, and isn't it amazing that they are the ones working in malaria-endemic countries? If anyone should have access, it is these researchers, doctors, students, policy makers, and politicians that make up our member community.


And that's why we are working hard to change this. To stick to our paradigm that knowledge empowers and empowered people are in a better position to fight malaria. But we can't do this alone - we need your support.


With many new ideas on the shelf to better our service, allow us to call upon you now - during the holiday season - with a request for a small financial contribution. I know I know, you're overwhelmed by such requests. But imagine what we could accomplish if the 50% of our members in the malaria world would benefit as much from MalariaWorld as you do today. Wouldn't that be great?


The website of the Dutch Malaria Foundation (now in English, click here) now allows you to make a donation in favour of its largest project: MalariaWorld. You can do so by clicking here.


May I thank you, wholeheartedly, and on behalf of half of our 7000 members deprived of information on malaria, for your support.


And, of course, we wish you a splendid, healthy, and prosperous 2012!