Preventing Malaria Deaths
Malaria persists as a major health issue for nearly half the world’s population living in the poorest parts of the world.
- Every 45 seconds, a child in Africa dies from malaria.
- Each year, malaria infects over 200 million people, killing nearly one million.
- Malaria costs the African continent $12 billion a year in economic loss.
We work to prevent malaria deaths in Africa through several key initiatives, including:
Nothing But Nets
The UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funding to combat malaria, one of the largest killers of children in Africa. With a $10 contribution, Nothing But Nets provides individuals – from CEOs to youth, professional athletes to faith leaders – the opportunity to be a Champion in the fight against malaria by sending a net and saving a life.
While the UN Foundation has been working with the UN to fight malaria for years, it was Rick Reilly’s column about malaria in Sports Illustrated challenging each of his readers to donate at least $10 for the purchase of an anti-malaria bed nets, that led to the creation of the Nothing But Nets campaign in 2006. Since then, the campaign has become a model for mass constituency building by:
- Partnering with the National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, The United Methodist Church, Vh1, The Union For Reformed Judaism, Junior Chamber International and others to raise awareness about malaria;
- Engaging hundreds of thousands supporters around the world;
- Raising more than $35 million; and
- Successfully distributing more than 4,000,000 life-saving bed nets in 25 countries across Africa.
Every $10 contribution to Nothing But Nets covers the cost of purchasing a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net, distributing it, and educating communities on its use.
UN Foundation Malaria Partnership
Together with the United Medthodist Church and Lutheran World Relief, the UN Foundation leads a faith-based initiative aimed at eliminating malaria deaths by 2015. This partnership has set an ambitious goal of raising $200 million and engaging more than 20 million people in the fight against malaria.
Roll Back Malaria
We are a partner in the Roll Back Malaria initiative (RBM). RBM was launched in 1998 by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank to help coordinate a global approach to fighting malaria. In support of RBM’s vision to drastically reduce malaria deaths as outlined in the Millennium Development Goals, we worked with RBM to further its global advocacy goals.
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