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Singer and Actress Mandy Moore Joins the UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets for an Emergency Call to Action to Save Lives in the Central African Republic

Partners Talk Live to a Worldwide Facebook Audience on August 12 about the Movement to End Malaria

Washington, DC —   July 28, 2010

Singer, songwriter, and actress Mandy Moore announced today she is joining the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets™ campaign to respond to an urgent need for life-saving, anti-malaria bed nets in the Central African Republic—where a child dies every 45 seconds from malaria. Moore, an Ambassador for PSI (Population Services International), is partnering with Nothing But Nets and its UN partners to deliver bed nets to each family in the country who needs one, by the end of this year. 

“Malaria is preventable, yet it continues to kill nearly one million people every year,” said Mandy Moore, who has seen the effects of malaria in Africa firsthand. “Insecticide-treated bed nets are one of easiest ways to protect families from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. I’m proud to be part of this initiative to send nets and save lives, and am hopeful we can reach this goal for the Central African Republic.”

Nothing But Nets, a global, grassroots campaign to end malaria in Africa, has helped distribute more than 3 million long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets in 15 countries across Africa. With the help of Moore and PSI, covering the Central African Republic with bed nets will be a key step toward the global goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015.

“People need to know that malaria, a disease that has existed for centuries and killed millions, can be stopped within the next five years,” said Adrianna Logalbo, Director of Nothing But Nets. “Mandy Moore’s voice, and the global reach of social media, is helping spread the buzz about the urgency of stopping this preventable disease.”

Moore has been active in the fight against malaria since she saw its impact firsthand in South Sudan last year, on a trip to distribute nets with PSI—an experience that inspired her to raise awareness to end malaria deaths. “I’d like to invite my fans to join me for a live discussion on August 12 at 2:00 p.m. [ET] to learn more and find out how they can help.  I’m eager to spread the word about this deadly disease and its simple solution—just $10 to send a life-saving bed net.” 

Moore will join experts from Nothing But Nets and PSI for a “Town Hall” on malaria in Africa, broadcast live on Facebook, to speak more about the emergency appeal for nets in the Central African Republic and what Americans can do to help. To learn more, please visit www.NothingButNets.net.

BACKGROUND
Malaria is endemic throughout the Central African Republic year-round and is the leading killer of children under the age of five.  Nothing But Nets, in partnership with Many Moore and PSI, plans to deliver 837,000 long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets to ensure each family in the country is protected from malaria.

Every 45 seconds, a child dies from malaria - which is easily prevented through the use of an insecticide-treated bed net.   The nets create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of malaria transmissions occur, and are the most cost-effective method of preventing the spread of the disease.   One bed net can protect a family of four, and lasts up to three years.  A net costs just $10 to purchase, deliver, and educate the recipient on its proper use. 

To date, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $30 million to distribute more than 3 million nets to families throughout Africa.  For more information, please visit 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 columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds 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.

About PSI
PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives. www.psi.org.

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Media Contact:
Negin Janati, United Nations Foundation, (202) 378-7858 or njanati@unfoundation.org

 
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