Nothing But Nets Blog
For my 9th birthday, I decided that I already had all that I needed – I didn’t need any more presents. After all, I have learned that what you need is very different from what you want. Believe it or not, my younger sister taught me that. For the past two years, I have helped my older sister serve meals and lemonade to Habitat for Humanity workers and gather donations for the San Antonio Food Bank. But, I have not helped do something so simple that it could save a child’s life - a child like me!
Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the World Malaria Report 2013. It highlights major progress in reducing malaria cases and deaths worldwide.
World headlines that outline today’s problems can sometimes seem overwhelming, but this week brought important – and positive – news. World leaders from 25 countries, as well as the European Commission, private foundations, corporations, and faith-based organizations came together to pledge more than US$12 billion over the next three years to support the work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
It appeared to be just another Saturday morning in Kansas City, but this Saturday was different. On this Saturday, a community came together for a cause that is near and dear to my heart: Nothing But Nets and the fight against malaria. We organized a youth soccer tournament that engaged hundreds of community members and raised thousands of dollars to send bed nets to families in Sub-Saharan Africa.
On Saturday October 9th, the Loomis Chaffee boys varsity soccer team rivaled Suffield Academy on the Pratt Turf under the lights. The increasing strength of Suffield Academy’s developing team challenged Loomis in a competitive matchup. After our previous triumph of a 3-1 win last year, we knew Suffield would put up a tough fight. Marching on the fields proudly wearing our Nothing But Nets jerseys, we were ready to play.
Our champions and grassroots supporters dedicate their time, support, and voices to the fight against malaria! Because of your efforts, we are able to send life-saving bed nets to protect families in places across Sub-Saharan Africa where malaria is rampant.
Last week, the CDC released a statement announcing that the number of malaria cases in the U.S. reached a 40-year high in 2011. Nearly 2,000 people were diagnosed with malaria - a 14 percent increase since 2010.
Most cases were among U.S. residents or citizens and 69 percent of the cases were due to recent travel from Africa where malaria is common. This highlights how important it is to prevent malaria in Sub-Saharan African countries, a deadly disease that claims the life of a child every 60 seconds. We’re all connected and malaria is a global problem.
This month, three big scientific advances were announced at the MIM Pan-African Malaria Conference. All of them are bad news for malaria. Each of these advances has the potential to strengthen the fight against malaria over the next decade and help us to eliminate this disease.
Happy birthday to the United Nations!
For 68 years, the UN has been working to improve the lives of people around the world. Did you know that the UN assists more than 34 million refugees and people fleeing war, famine, or persecution? It also promotes maternal health, saving the lives of 30 million women a year. And it helps the more than 370 million people in poverty around the world to live better lives.
This summer, a group of my friends and I raised money for Nothing But Nets while playing our favorite sport – volleyball.
I joined a recreation sand volleyball team with ten of my friends, and through the sports league ZogSports, we committed a portion of our registration fees to Nothing But Nets.
Junior Chamber International (JCI) knows how to raise money to save lives, and have fun doing it!
In August, the JCI Netherlands chapter organized its third-annual regatta which raised more than $30,000 to send long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets to families in South Sudan.
"We are at a critical moment in Africa, where we can either capitalize on the successes of the past years or slide backwards,” H.E. President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania
Early this month at the UN General Assembly, a group of world leaders launched an integrated approach to fight malaria to meet the MDGs and contribute to the next set of development goals after 2015. President Kikwete’s remarks point to the great strides that have been made with regards to malaria— malarial deaths have fallen by 25% since 2000—while recognizing that disease still claims 660,000 lives per year and poses a major challenge to development.
Girls around the world need to stay healthy from illness such as malaria so that they can stay in school and complete their education! It’s the International Day of the Girl and for the past 11 days, our friends at Girl Up have been counting down with “11 Days of Action.” From donating a photo so a girl in Liberia can go back to school, to recording videos on Instagram or Vine in celebration of girls, there have been 11 different actions to help girls everywhere reach their full potential.
I was recently in Sri Lanka, where I was stunned to learn that cases of malaria there have gone from 260,000 in 1999 to not one indigenous case this year. Shortly after I got back, I was thrilled to read about the successful new trials for a malaria vaccine, thanks in large part to U.S. investments through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Naval Medical Research Center.
Every day, I feel inspired by the great work that our supporters do on behalf of Nothing But Nets. Our campaign is on the front lines in the fight against malaria, and the efforts that you are making in the U.S. are saving lives in Africa. Our impact is big, but our formula is simple. Malaria kills. Bed nets save lives. Each $10 donation you make sends a bed net that can save a life.
After sixty days of travel, hard work and anticipation, our day on Capitol Hill was finally here. It was the culmination of weeks spent journeying across the country as part of the JCI-Nothing But Nets BzzzTour. Over the last few months, we visited 16 states, held more than 40 in-district meetings in communities around the country and organized 88 JCI chapter meetings. These events were all aimed at fundraising, awareness building and advocacy on behalf of Nothing But Nets and the fight against malaria
Today is the first ever International Day of Charity. Last December, the UN General Assembly designated this day to raise awareness of the impact millions of people like you have had through humanitarian work around the world.
Meet 14 year -old high school freshman Mei Mei Tercek. So far, Mei Mei has raised enough to send more than 40 life-saving bed nets to families across Sub-Saharan Africa. How did she do it? She founded a local charity “Bottles for Nets” in her community in Los Angeles. Every Wednesday at 5:30 in the afternoon, Mei Mei and four of her friends collect all the recyclable materials from homes, sort them out at a recycling center where they earn 5 cents for each bottle and donate the proceeds to Nothing But Nets.
Bed nets save lives and can help eliminate malaria. I had the opportunity to see this first hand at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria board meeting in Sri Lanka in June. The Government of Sri Lanka, with support from the Global Fund, has shown tremendous success controlling malaria with bed nets, along with indoor spraying, diagnosis and treatment, and disease tracking.
Embarking on their last year at Springhill Elementary in Lafayette, CA, seven classmates from Troop 33005 met to discuss their Girl Scout Bronze Award. With the community in mind, the girls individually presented their ideas for this project to the troop. These ideas ranged from helping both children and adults with disabilities, to those in need, to various ways to help animals. But one particular presentation seemed to touch the girls’ hearts - learning about and potentially helping to stop the spread of malaria in places like Africa.