BASF Donates 75,000 Life-saving Nets towards the Nothing But Nets Campaign’s Emergency Appeal to Save Lives in the Horn of Africa

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BASF teams up with Nothing But Nets and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to reach goal of sending 150,000 life-saving bed nets as quickly as possible

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Providing these nets will save lives in the Horn of Africa - that's a simple fact.

Today, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign announced a donation of 75,000 bed nets from chemical company and long-lasting insecticide net manufacturer BASF, to be delivered to refugee camps across the Horn of Africa region, through the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

In response to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa, the Nothing But Nets campaign—a global, grassroots campaign to fight malaria in Africa—launched an urgent appeal to help UNHCR provide 150,000 bed nets to families fleeing drought, famine, and conflict in the Horn of Africa region.

“We are very grateful to BASF for donating 75,000 anti-malaria nets to help us protect families at risk in the Horn of Africa as quickly as possible,” said Chris Helfrich, director of the Nothing But Nets campaign. “This gift from BASF boosts our appeal past the half-way mark less than one month after its launch, truly proving the power of partnerships.”

Refugee camps are crowded and typically located on swampy plots of land, creating an environment where malaria-carrying mosquitoes multiply quickly and easily carry the disease between people. Access to insecticide-treated bed nets can help curb the spread of malaria by up to 90 percent.

"Providing these nets will save lives in the Horn of Africa - that's a simple fact. This generous contribution will have a huge impact as malaria is one of the main causes of death among refugees," added Greg Millar, Senior Officer of UNHCR.

“BASF is strongly committed to support the fight against malaria. When engaging in relief efforts, we search for partners that have the experience and expertise to ensure our bed nets are quickly brought to the people who need them the most. We are delighted to team up with Nothing But Nets and UNHCR in this effort to strengthen health and hopes in refugee camps in the Horn of Africa,” said Dr. Egon Weinmueller, head of BASF’s public health initiative.

BACKGROUND
In Africa, every 45 seconds, a child dies from malaria, which is easily prevented through the use of an insecticide-treated net. The nets create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of malaria transmissions occur, and are the most cost-effective method of preventing the spread of the disease.

Anyone can join the fight against malaria with a $10 donation. Nothing But Nets uses 100 percent of each donation to purchase a net, deliver it to a family, and educate communities on its importance and proper use.

Bed nets work: according to The World Health Organization, enough bed nets have been delivered to cover 76 percent of the 765 million people at risk for malaria, and in three years, 11 African countries have cut malaria rates in half.

To date, Nothing But Nets has raised nearly $40 million to distribute more than 6 million nets to families throughout Africa. For more information, please visit http://www.NothingButNets.net.

About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit http://www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.

About BASF
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and agricultural products to oil and gas. As a reliable partner BASF creates chemistry to help its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF posted sales of about €63.9 billion in 2010 and had approximately 109,000 employees as of the end of the year. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at http://www.basf.com or in its Social Media Newsroom at newsroom.basf.com. To learn more about BASF Public Health business, please visit http://www.publichealth.basf.com
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