Nothing But Nets Blog
Over the past two years, Nothing But Nets and our UN partners have been busy protecting lives from malaria throughout sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to sending nets, we have provided malaria diagnosis and treatment, trained health workers, and delivered malaria education and awareness campaigns for refugees. Our combined efforts have protected families like Etienne’s in Chad, who after receiving bed nets, suffer less and less from malaria. In fact, the youngest child of their family, Chantal, sleeps under an insecticide-treated net and has never fallen ill with malaria.
Very few people can say with near certainty: I saved lives. Far fewer can say that they contributed to saving 6.8 million lives from malaria. Rear Admiral Timothy Ziemer – who is stepping down after stewarding the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) for more than 10 years – can.
We have some exciting news! Today, award-winning actress Nia Long and her husband, San Antonio Spur’s assistant coach Ime Udoka, have joined the campaign as new champions in the fight against malaria. In their first activity as champions, Long and Udoka are asking fans and family to help protect children and refugees from the disease by donating to the campaign. You can make a difference and save a life by donating $10 to purchase a net for a child and family in need.
Can a song help stop the spread of a deadly disease? The Kids Against Malaria hope so. The message of their song is simple: sleep under an insecticide treated mosquito net and get to a doctor as soon as you're feeling sick.
Around the world, people are hungry for change – and they don’t want to be on the sidelines watching it happen; they want to be the ones making it happen. No longer are people passive check writers; they are active change makers. This hunger is democratizing philanthropy. Decades ago, philanthropy was associated with wealthy people who wrote big checks to their favored organizations in the twilight of their lives. Today, as the #GivingTuesday movement shows, philanthropy belongs to everyone.
In honor of 10 years of sending nets and saving lives, we take this moment to spotlight the donors who have been supporting our work to end malaria over the last 10 years. Meet them and join us in saying thank you!
This was my first time volunteering as a Nothing But Nets champion at a Cotopaxi Questival. I was immediately interested in pitching in when I learned that Cotopaxi and Nothing But Nets have teamed up to educate and fundraise with the goal of defeating malaria for good.
On the heels of the Global Fund’s record-breaking fifth replenishment conference, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) joined the Nothing But Nets campaign and our partner Junior Chamber International USA (JCI USA) in Detroit on September 24th to discuss the importance of U.S. government investments in malaria prevention programs.
Today, world leaders will come together in Montreal, Canada to replenish the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria. This is an opportunity to make incredible progress against three of the world’s deadliest preventable diseases, but this progress isn’t possible without partnership and commitment from countries and the private sector around the world. Here’s what you should know about the Global Fund and why we need to make sure this lifesaving institution is fully funded.
At Nothing But Nets we are grateful every day for the role our champions play in the fight to defeat malaria. From hosting local fundraisers, to meeting with members of Congress, to organizing their communities to raise awareness of this disease, they join us and ensure we see the day that no child dies of a mosquito bite. Today on International Youth Day, we celebrate them.
UNICEF recently released it's Annual Report for 2015, and in it they highlighted the multi-faceted nature of UNICEF's global efforts to protect the health and safety of millions of children who live in the epicenters of injustice. Holding fast to the belief that all children have the right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential, UNICEF's longlasting commitment to the health and well-being of children is re-inforced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were approved by the UN in 2015.
Last week I had the privilege of being in the company of people from across the globe who have come together to promote peace, tackle the world’s biggest challenges, and work together to achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. At a time when the world is grappling with violence, terrorism and poverty, I have never been so inspired than to be in a room full of people from different countries and different cultures who have one goal in common: to come together to build stronger, healthier, and peaceful communities.
At a recent town hall meeting in El Paso, Texas, the 16th District Representative Beto O’Rourke spoke about protecting deployed military personnel from malaria and the efforts of Nothing But Nets after a question on the topic was posed by a local Nothing But Nets champion, Dominic Dieguez.
As a parent, at the end of the day, I breathe a deep long satisfying breath of relaxation when Mayhem snuggles into her sheets and closes her eyes. When my daughter drifts off to sleep, it’s not the most worrisome part of my day. It’s the opposite for many parents in places where malaria is a problem.
We're so excited to announce our newest Champion in the fight against malaria - NYC FC soccer star Mix Diskerud! He has pledged to donate 20 life-saving anti-malaria bed nets for every goal he makes during the Major League Soccer regular season and during U.S. Men’s National Team games. In addition, he’ll donate 10 nets for every assist and $5 for each hat sold from his online company, MixLids.
Dawes has released an exclusive track for fans who donate to the United Nations Foundations’ Nothing But Nets campaign, to help save lives from malaria. Fans who donate at NothingButNets.net/Dawes will receive a free download of Dawes covering The Waterboys’ “Fisherman’s Blues.”
You don’t have to be a professional athlete to make a difference. As a father of two, I see how much of an impression I can have on my children. My wife and I both have to show our children how to be the change we want to see in the world. How we invest in our children will have an enormous impact and create ripple effects throughout society in a positive way if we teach them the power they have to change the world. Imagine that — something as simple as sending a bed net can protect a child from a deadly, but preventable disease.
What I’d wish for every child is safety and love. Every child wants to feel loved, safe, cared for. No matter the economic situation, we should always practice love. These children should know that the world can be peaceful. They should grow up knowing that someone cares about you, loves them, that there still is hope. People care for them, and they are doing it out of love.
My wish for all children everywhere, is that they feel safe and loved in any given circumstance. Every child deserves safety, love, and the pursuit of happiness. If only I could bring all the world’s vulnerable children to my home and fiercely protect, patiently teach, and unconditionally love them.