WASHINGTON, Mar. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- This week, the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign
Following the White House's most recent budget proposal, which would cut U.S. funding to foreign assistance programs and UN agencies by 24%, these champions will meet with their members of Congress to help ensure the U.S. retains its historic leadership in the fight against malaria, advocate for a full replenishment of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria later this year and increased funding for the President's Malaria Initiative, and maintain a strong relationship with the UN. While remarkable progress has been made against malaria, the 2018 World Malaria Report warns that more resources are needed and it's time to step up the fight in order to end malaria for good. During the summit, champions will learn the necessary leadership skills and knowledge to help build awareness about malaria and how to talk with their elected leaders about the importance of funding for the UN, the President's Malaria Initiative, and The Global Fund.
UK television broadcaster and malaria survivor Charlie Webster and Haitian-American singer, songwriter, and activist Phyllisia Ross are among the speakers who aim to inspire Nothing But Nets champions to use their voices in their communities to help ignite progress against this deadly disease.
Summit participants will hear from additional speakers including:
Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets is the world's largest grassroots campaign fighting this disease caused by a single mosquito bite. The campaign has raised $70 million and delivered over 13 million nets and other malaria interventions and treatment through its UN partners to protect refugees and vulnerable families. Since 2000, there has been incredible progress made to defeat the disease – more than 7 million lives have been saved, and child mortality rates have decreased by 71% in sub-Saharan Africa.
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About Nothing But Nets Nothing But Nets is the world's largest grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a disease which claims the life of a child every two minutes. 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. Nothing But Nets has raised over $70 million to help deliver more than 13 million bed nets and other crucial malaria interventions to families. In addition to raising funds for UN partners, Nothing But Nets raises awareness and voices to advocate for critical malaria funding for the UN, the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as well as collaborates with WHO, PAHO, and other crucial malaria investment initiatives to work toward malaria elimination in Hispaniola and the Americas region. Visit NothingButNets.Net to join us!
About The United Nations Foundation The United Nations Foundation acts as a strategic partner to help the United Nations mobilize the ideas, people, and resources it needs to drive global progress and tackle urgent challenges. We focus on issues at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals, build initiatives across sectors to solve problems at scale, and engage citizens who seek action. Founded in 1998 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner, the UN Foundation works with philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual partners. Learn more at: http://www.unfoundation.org.
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