Nothing But Nets Blog
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.
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.