Nothing But Nets Blog
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.
The United Nations Foundation and the Nothing But Nets team are thrilled to announced the appointment of Margaret Reilly McDonnell as Director of its Nothing But Nets campaign. Margaret has served as Deputy Director for the past four years, working closely with former Director Chris Helfrich.
It's bittersweet for me to share the news with you that I’m leaving the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets team after more than five years as Director of the campaign for an exciting new opportunity.
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but 10 pictures are worth a life-saving bed net and the Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo app is the easiest way to join Nothing But Nets in the fight to end malaria.
On Saturday, longtime Nothing But Nets Champion Stephen Curry launched the “Call Your Shot” challenge with a video of him calling – and making – a trick shot. He’s calling more than just a basketball shot, though. Stephen is calling his shot to end one of the deadliest diseases in the world – malaria.
Our idea for the Night of Nets program originated in 2012 when I was with several soccer players from Cornerstone University. We heard the story of a mom whose 15 month old son Alex died in her arms walking to a medical clinic because he had been bitten by a mosquito one night while sleeping in their one bedroom hut during the rainy season in Zambia. That story of deep personal loss and grief from a preventable disease left us with a need to respond.
Last year, we launched The Million Nets Pledge, a special two-year commitment to send one million nets and other malaria interventions to the most vulnerable families in sub-Saharan Africa by the end of this year. I am proud to share that we have passed the halfway mark in less than a year since launching the commitment!
We are thrilled that our partner Junior Chamber International (JCI) has officially announced an exciting new contribution to The Million Nets Pledge! Launched last year, The Million Nets Pledge is Nothing But Nets’ commitment to provide over one million bed nets to refugee families under threat of malaria by the end of 2016. JCI is joining us in this endeavor by committing to provide 30,000 nets. What is especially exciting about this monumental contribution is that, upon JCI’s completion of this goal, our partner Sumitomo Chemical Company will match it net for net—doubling the number of nets to 60,000.
Our champion Stephen Curry is just that - a champion both on and off the court. But how well do you really know him?
We have been in Cameroon for the past week with our partner, Junior Chamber International (JCI), visiting with community leaders, doctors and nurses, and families who have been affected by malaria. Over the past seven years, JCI has been a vital partner to Nothing But Nets, raising more than $3.5 million to protect refugee families and advocating for strong U.S. leadership in the fight against malaria through the BzzzTour.
This post is the first in a series where we will be reporting back on our net impact across sub-Saharan Africa. Please look out for more updates in the coming months!
In late 2014 when our partner, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), started planning for their role in Cameroon’s upcoming national bed net distribution, they were not expecting an additional influx of refugees from Nigeria. Recognizing they did not have enough nets to cover these new refugees, UNHCR turned to Nothing But Nets to ask for help filling this need of 60,000 nets. Thanks to your support, we were able to provide these nets to refugee families in need.
Last week, the 2016 Champion Summit engaged nearly 1000 people to learn more about the fight to defeat malaria with Nothing But Nets. Champions heard from speakers, made new friends, and left equipped with the knowledge and tools to continue their work in raising awareness for our cause.
We are so proud of all our champions who are rising up to become the next generation to defeat malaria. Here are five exciting highlights from the event:
Over the past seven years, Junior Chamber International (JCI) has been a crucial partner to the Nothing But Nets campaign. Jaycees from countries all over the world are raising awareness, funds, and voices to help us defeat malaria. In fact, they’ve helped to raise close to $3.5 million to protect refugees and families from this deadly disease!
President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request outlines an ambitious proposal to make progress towards his State of the Union call to “end the scourge of malaria”. To this end, the Administration requested Congress fund PMI at $745 million, a $71 million increase. The Administration also requested that $129 million of Ebola emergency funding be reprogrammed for malaria, representing a total increase of $200 million in funding for the President’s Malaria Initiative over last year’s funding levels.
Over the past few weeks, news headlines have been dominated by the Zika virus, a disease that may be connected to birth defects in infants. The World Health Organization has declared Zika a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The virus is spreading rapidly throughout Latin America and could spread to other parts of the world as well. Because Zika and malaria are both mosquito-borne diseases, we wanted to take a look at their similarities and differences in order to provide some insight.
Eileen joined the Champions Council in July and has hit the ground running. She became inspired to join the Nothing But Nets family after participating in a medical mission trip to Haiti in 2012.
Nothing But Nets supporters and our UN partners made an incredible life-saving impact in 2015, both by providing bed nets and successfully advocating for increased U.S. government funding for malaria prevention.
And there's more progress to me made! Last night in his State of the Union address, President Obama affirmed the fact that we have the capacity to end malaria in our generation, and promised to continue advocating for funding in order to accomplish that goal.
There is a lot to be proud of, and this is a great reminder that we have to double down on our commitment and ensure progress is not lost in 2016 and beyond. Let's keep the momentum going!