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Champions Activate Communities to Support World Malaria Day

On World Malaria Day, April 25, grassroots supporters across the country rallied their communities, schools, and neighbors – all to help raise awareness and funds about malaria and The Million Nets Pledge.

A big shout out to all of these Champions and other supporters continuing to push momentum about malaria last month! Anyone can help us fight malaria by taking The Million Nets Pledge. Sign up to take action today.

Honor Your Mom, Help Save a Life

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and although we should be celebrating our moms year-round, it’s nice to take a moment to make this Sunday extra special. While you might be showering your mother with gifts, flowers, and maybe even breakfast in bed, we have an idea that will get you extra brownie points…

What better gift is there than saving a life on behalf of your mom for Mother’s Day? Don’t panic – we can’t all be superheroes at the drop of a hat, but I have a solution that will make you a superhero in the eyes of many children in sub-Saharan Africa—sending a bednet with Nothing But Nets.

Thousands Join The Million Nets Pledge on World Malaria Day

In observance of World Malaria Day, today thousands of supporters worldwide will join The Million Nets Pledge, our two-year pledge to protect refugee families with one million bednets by 2016. This ambitious $10 million pledge focuses on our increased work with UN partners to protect children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria.

There has been a large surge in refugee families displaced by conflict in several countries across Africa. Malaria is a leading killer of refugees – after all they have endured and survived, these families should not have to fear dying from a mosquito bite.

Join the Nationwide Juggle-a-thon on World Malaria Day!

It’s that time of year again! World Malaria Day – April 25 – is right around the corner, and Nothing But Nets has some really exciting events going on across the country to send nets and save lives. Nothing But Nets just launched The Million Nets Pledge, our new two-year goal to protect refugee families in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria with one million bednets by 2016! There is no better way to kick-off this ambitious goal than to rally supporters and hit the ground running on World Malaria Day.

Do you know how you are going to pledge your support?

If you are stumped, look no further! Retired American professional soccer player Jared Montz is hosting the third-annual national Juggle-a-thon to raise awareness and funds for Nothing But Nets.

The Southern California Chapter of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas and the Fight Against Malaria

The Southern California Chapter of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA) is proud to collaborate with Nothing but Nets in the global effort to eradicate malaria. Malaria is plain and simple, a sadistic killer. It tortures its victims, 10 days to 4 weeks (sometimes up to one year) after the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito. Victims experience recurrent bouts of high fever, chills, rigors, profuse sweating, nausea and vomiting, and then in some victims, it takes their life. Every 60 seconds a child dies from malaria.

Take The Million Nets Pledge

Today, we announced The Million Nets Pledge, our new two-year commitment to protect refugee families from malaria with one million bednets by 2016. This ambitious $10 million pledge focuses on our increased work with UN partners to protect children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict in sub-Saharan Africa from malaria.

I was honored to make this announcement at our special launch event in New York, which featured remarks from several of our partners and supporters who made their own commitments toward The Million Nets Pledge.

Running Miles for Malaria

As a doctor, a humanitarian, and a triathlete, I feel very connected to malaria and the devastating effects it continues to have on families in sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is 100% preventable and treatable, yet a child dies every 60 seconds from the disease. With the help of organizations like Nothing But Nets, I hope to see malaria eradicated in my lifetime. In order to turn this dream into action, I am joining Nothing But Nets to raise awareness and send bednets to help save lives.

Nothing But Nets just announced the Million Nets Pledge, a two-year goal to protect refugee families with 1 million bednets by the end of 2016. This is an incredible commitment and I want to help get them started!

Nothing But Nets and The Whistle Sports Network Team Up to Save Lives

Today, at South by Southwest we are launching an exciting new partnership with The Whistle Sports Network to unify the global sports community in a mission beyond winning games – working together to save lives!

Five Things You Should Know about PMI’s New Malaria Strategy

Recently, the White House hosted the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and Nothing But Nets to celebrate 10 years of U.S. leadership in the fight against malaria. The event convened global malaria leaders and included Nothing But Nets Champion and NBA star Stephen Curry.

At the event, PMI unveiled its new six-year malaria strategy. This is an important read, but if you don’t have time to go through it, here are five key things you should know:

World Malaria Report 2014: Five Things You Need to Know

Editor’s Note: We’re re-sharing this post from December 2014 on where we are in the fight against malaria.

This morning, the White House is hosting Nothing But Nets and other malaria partners and champions to celebrate historic progress in the fight against malaria and to launch the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) next six-year strategy to further reduce malaria deaths and decrease malaria morbidity towards the long-term goal of elimination.

Follow @NothingButNets on Twitter or visit to learn more.

A Message from Stephen Curry

Today was an amazing day. I just left the White House where our Champion, Stephen Curry, met with President Obama (and Bo and Sunny) in the Oval Office to talk about malaria and his work with Nothing But Nets. He spoke with the President about the value of U.S. leadership for malaria programs, which have saved 4.3 million lives because of support from people like you.

Stephen has a video message for you. Check out the video and share it with your friends.

The President’s Budget: What it Means for Malaria

Over the last decade, malaria programs such as the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), and UN agencies have delivered over half a billion bednets to families in need. And we know these efforts are working – the World Health Organization estimates that more than 4.3 million lives have been saved since 2000. What’s more, deaths from malaria among children under five in Africa have declined 58%!

Donate Your Birthday

When you think about birthday traditions, what comes to mind? Do you think of cake, candles, balloons, gifts, parties, and…nets? No, not basketball nets or fishing nets, but bednets!

Instead of celebrating your birthday with cake and confetti, step outside of the box and welcome a new tradition to honor your special day—donating your birthday to help the fight against malaria.

A child dies every 60 seconds from malaria, but this year you can get involved and send a net to help save a life.

Reflecting on The New York Times Article

On January 24, 2015, The New York Times ran an important story about a small number of families in Africa who have been using insecticide-treated bednets for fishing, rather than for protection from malaria.

I sympathize with Mwewa Ndefi, the Zambian gentleman whose personal story is featured in the article. Like me, Mr. Ndefi is a father. Unlike me, he has had to make the impossible choice between feeding his children and protecting them from a deadly disease. He has chosen to use his family’s supply of bednets to fish, risking that his children could be bitten by a mosquito at night and contract malaria. That’s his way of trying to ensure his family’s survival.

Gates Annual Letter Looks Forward 15 Years

Have you had a chance to check out the annual letter released by our partner, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation? It’s exciting for several reasons – particularly because it addresses malaria!

In the letter, they highlight several major breakthroughs they expect to see for global progress over the next 15 years. They predict unprecedented progress in global health, specifically cutting the number of children who die before age 5 in half:

“In 1990, one in ten children in the world died before age 5. Today, it's one in 20. By 2030, that number will be one in 40.”

Nothing But Nets Partners with Athletes for Hope, Helping Athletes and Fans Fight Malaria

We have exciting news! We’re thrilled to announce that today we launch a new partnership with an amazing organization, Athletes for Hope, to connect professional, Olympic, and collegiate athletes and their fans to help fight malaria.

Take Action in 2015

2015 is a monumental year in the fight against malaria. This year, leaders from the United Nations are debating a new set of world goals for the next 15 years – and we hope that ending malaria will be part of these goals.

Feeling Humbled, Honored, and Inspired

Looking over the audience at the Junior Chamber International (JCI) World Congress a few weeks ago in Leipzig, Germany brought back fond memories of my experiences at the 2004 Olympics. It reminded me of the opening ceremonies, where the beauty and diversity that exists in our world was highlighted by the amazing culmination of countries, cultures, ages, and races. At the World Congress, I was incredibly humbled to be honored as one of JCI’s Top Outstanding Young Persons of the World in the category of Humanitarian and or Voluntary Leadership.

Shooting For a Malaria Free World

On November 30, the fifth-annual McLean Youth Basketball Nothing But Nets 3 on 3 Tournament brought together more than 350 people and raised $5,500 for nets! The tournament was open to all McLean Youth Basketball “house league” boys and girls from fourth to eighth grades. In total, there were 57 teams registered for the tournament and were divided into brackets based on age group. Each game was 15 minutes long and trophies were awarded to the teams that came in first and second place.

World Malaria Report 2014: Five Things You Need to Know

Every year in early December, when most people are joyfully putting up their holiday décor, we are anxiously awaiting one thing: the release of the World Malaria Report, an annual catalogue by the World Health Organization of the latest results in the fight against malaria. This year’s report is evidence of the exceptional progress that has been made against the malaria since 2000. Here are five key highlights from this year’s report which came out today:

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