Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) December 12, 2013
The United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign has partnered with JCI Netherlands and Cordaid to help the United Nations fight malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. The contract has been awarded following two other successful projects in Sierra Leone and Cameroon, and will focus this time on South Sudan.
"We are very proud of our early success in fighting malaria and we want to continue to expand that work in South Sudan, where the nets are also vital,” said Frank Buijs, president of JCI Netherlands.
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funds to fight malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Together with its UN partners and other global organizations, the Nothing But Nets campaign delivers insecticide-treated bed nets to families, protecting them from malaria, a deadly disease caused by a single mosquito bite.
“JCI International has been one of our campaign’s leading partners in the fight against malaria,” said Chris Helfrich, director of Nothing But Nets. “A child dies every minute from this deadly disease and JCI has been working tirelessly to help save lives.”
JCI Netherlands raised approximately $300,000 for Nothing But Nets to deliver life-saving bed nets to families in South Sudan. They will partner with Cordaid, a Dutch NGO, on the project.
Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year, most of them children under five. But bed nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution, and can reduce the spread of malaria by 90 percent in areas with high coverage rates. Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $45 million from hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters, and sent more than 7 million bed nets to families across Africa. Anyone—from students to CEOs—can help protect families in Africa from malaria. To learn more about how to send a net and save a life, visit http://www.NothingButNets.net.
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About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan 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. Since then, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $45 million to send more than 7 million bed nets. 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 builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.
JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5,000 communities across more than 100 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact. http://www.jci.cc/guests/
Senior Communications Officer, Nothing But Nets
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