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Nothing But Nets Delivers 180,000 Long Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets to Children and Their Families in Gabon

Washington, DC —   December 4, 2007

Nothing But Nets, a global, grassroots campaign to prevent malaria, announced today it is providing 180,000 long lasting insecticide-treated nets to children in Gabon where malaria is the second leading cause of death in children under five. The nets will be distributed from December 4-8, 2007 as part of an integrated health campaign targeting children under five to provide measles vaccinations, long-lasting insecticide-treated nets, de-worming medication and vitamin A supplements.

The integrated health campaign is being organized and implemented by the government of Gabon and the Measles Initiative, a partnership led by the American Red Cross, the United Nations Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF. Other key partners include the Global Fund, local non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, and Gabonese governmental agencies.

The Nothing But Nets campaign, created by the United Nations Foundation, has raised more than US$16 million and by the end of 2007 will have delivered more than 400,000 nets. More than 60,000 individuals have contributed to the Campaign which is also supported by partners including NBA Cares, the People of the United Methodist Church and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A new, interactive map offering more information about past and future bed net distributions can be found at www.NothingButNets.net.

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About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa. Inspired by Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly, tens of thousands of people have joined the Campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The People of the United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

Press Contact:
Amy DiElsi
Senior Communications Officer
United Nations Foundation
(o) 202-419-3230, (e) adielsi@unfoundation.org 

 
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