Director of UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets Campaign Calls for Funding, Bed Nets to Fight Malaria in Africa

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On World Malaria Day, Chris Helfrich urges partners to sustain gains in ending malaria deaths

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This World Malaria Day, the world faces a critical moment in the fight against malaria. Now is the time to sustain the gains against this deadly disease and distribute more life-saving bed nets to the families who need them.

Today on World Malaria Day, Chris Helfrich, Director of the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to fight malaria in Africa, released the following statement:

“Since 2006, the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign has created the world’s largest grassroots network dedicated to keeping families in sub-Saharan Africa safe from malaria. The campaign has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to send nets and save lives from malaria, a disease spread by a single mosquito bite, and Nothing But Nets supporters have made a significant difference. Greater availability and use of malaria prevention tools and treatment over the past decade has saved more than 1 million lives, according to the World Health Organization.

“That is fantastic progress. But every 60 seconds, a child in Africa still dies from malaria—and worldwide funding to stop the disease and deliver long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets is slowing down. In 2010, 145 million nets were delivered, compared with 66 million nets in 2012. This World Malaria Day, the world faces a critical moment in the fight against malaria. Now is the time to sustain the gains against this deadly disease and distribute more life-saving bed nets to the families who need them. We applaud the U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration for their strong support of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the President's Malaria Initiative. Investment in these programs and campaigns such as Nothing But Nets is essential to ending malaria deaths.

“Bed nets are still one of the simplest, most cost-effective tools in the fight against malaria. Half of families in sub-Saharan African sleep beneath an insecticide-treated bed net; we are committed to making sure that every family in Africa who needs a bed net has one. Hundreds of thousands of caring supporters have helped raise more than $40 million to help Nothing But Nets and its United Nations partners distribute over 7 million nets to families in countries across Africa. Everyone, from students to CEOs, can join the fight against malaria. Visit http://www.NothingButNets.net to take action today.”

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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 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 WORKS. 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

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