Since 2006, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $45 million, delivering more than 7 million bed nets to protect families in Sub-Saharan Africa from malaria. Over the years, thousands of people have joined the movement to send nets and save lives, conveying the message that ending this disease is a global priority.
Across the United States and around the world, Nothing But Nets has inspired young people to hike hundreds of miles, host swim-a-thons, and set up lemonade stands to send nets and save lives. College students in Korea inspired friends and loved ones to provide bed nets for families in Ethiopia.
Fashion designers have created net-inspired clothing and accessories to help save lives. Even Simba from the Broadway production of The Lion King asked theatergoers to join the fight against malaria. We’ve visited dozens of cities around the country; in each one, we have been inspired by the individuals and organizations who have taken malaria prevention on as their cause. Hundreds of thousands of people have joined us in sending nets and saving lives.
Today, with a dedicated group of diverse partners and supporters, a Global Malaria Action plan, and programs like the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, we have the support and tools to be the generation that ends malaria deaths in Africa. The commitment of basketball players, pop stars, religious leaders, and regular folks inside and outside the United States proves that anyone can send a net and save a life.
As reflected in the World Health Organization’s 2012 World Malaria Report, bed nets and other prevention efforts are working. It wasn’t long ago that a child died every 30 seconds from malaria. Today, the rate is every 2 minutes. Just a few years ago, malaria was the number one killer of refugees in Africa. Working in close partnership with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Nothing But Nets provided more than 1 million nets to African refugees. The results were measurable and dramatic. Now malaria is the fifth leading cause of death among refugees. We’re making real progress, but still have much work to do.
Whether you joined us in 2006 with our founding partners like NBA Cares and The People of the United Methodist Church, felt inspired by Rick Reilly’s column, participated in our nationwide Buzz Tour, or are a new supporter, we thank you for being part of the world’s largest grassroots campaign to end malaria. Nothing But Nets provides a unique opportunity for Americans to take action against malaria.
Our mission is simple: Malaria kills. Nets save lives. Send a net. Save a life. The enthusiasm and determination of our supporters has helped the UN save millions of lives, and we are committed to sustaining that momentum. Together with the UN, we can end malaria deaths. Please join us.