OneShot Global is a non-profit organization that gives one meningitis shot to someone in Africa’s meningitis belt for every meningitis shot administered through the program in North America. Specifically, the program targets college and university students living in dorms, where meningococcal meningitis can spread rapidly.
I first read about OneShot Global in Start Something That Matters, a book by TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie. In it was a letter by OneShot’s CEO, Tyler Eltringham, explaining his business inspiration. His testimonial is featured on the TOMS website:
“TOMS opened my eyes to a tool that can make truly incredible local and global impact: One for One. With giving at its core, TOMS allows for the most simplified and relatable story: you buy a pair of shoes, they give a pair of shoes, or in ONEshot’s case, you get vaccinated, and we vaccinate someone else.”
The young social entrepreneur started the OneShot Global One Saves Two movement while at Arizona State University in November 2010. Shocked that he was asked to sign a waver acknowledging his awareness of meningitis without being offered a preventative solution, he created the program to offer a vaccine to his community while also giving back on a global level.
OneShot Global Website
OneShot on Facebook