Today, JCI, announced that it will help the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign provide 30,000 life-saving bed nets for refugees in Africa, protecting families from malaria. JCI will activate its more than 200,000 members across the country and around the world to raise the funds, create awareness, and advocate this year, the second and final year of The Million Nets Pledge. If the funds are raised, it will unlock a match from Nothing But Nets partner Sumitomo Chemical Company, doubling the amount of nets to 60,000 to help protect more refugees from malaria.
“Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria,” said Paschal Dike, 2016 JCI President. “We are committed to working with Nothing But Nets to lead the generation that defeats malaria once and for all.”
This monumental commitment comes as leaders recently returned from Cameroon with Nothing But Nets where they learned about the impact of malaria first hand and met with partners working in the region. Nothing But Nets works closely with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to provide bed nets and other malaria interventions for refugees and people displaced by conflict. In addition, the campaign advocates for strong leadership and funding for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which provides over half of all international funding to fight malaria.
Recently, The Global Fund facilitated a national campaign to distribute 15.8 million nets, working to achieve universal coverage in Cameroon. Nets from this distribution have been circulated to almost every region of the country.
“Malaria is a leading cause of death in Cameroon,” said Arrey Obenson, JCI Secretary General. “I grew up here – it’s a devastating disease. We can help Nothing But Nets save thousands of lives right now.”
For the past seven years, JCI has been an instrumental partner to Nothing But Nets, helping to raise close to $3.5 million to protect refugees and families from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the course of its partnership, the world has made tremendous strides to defeat malaria – reducing child deaths in sub-Saharan Africa by 71% since 2000. The UN estimates that more than 6.2 million lives have been saved since 2000, and the targets for Millennium Development Goal 6 have been met or surpassed. The UN and global leaders now seek to reduce cases and deaths from malaria worldwide by 90% and to eliminate malaria in at least 35 countries by 2030.
“JCI is one of our most passionate and dedicated partners and I’m thrilled by this renewed commitment to help us protect those most vulnerable from malaria,” said Chris Helfrich, Director of Nothing But Nets. “Our partners help us make the biggest impact – only together can we truly defeat this disease for good.”
Today, there are tens of millions of refugees and families displaced by violence around the world – and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees – it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries, including those where Nothing But Nets and its UN partners work. Last year, Nothing But Nets launched The Million Nets Pledge, a commitment to protect refugee families from malaria with one million bednets by 2016. This ambitious two-year goal aims to raise $10 million to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence, particularly in Central Africa. At a special United Nations event in September, Sumitomo Chemical Co. issued a matching grant challenge to Nothing But Nets supporters and partners who donate to The Million Nets Pledge.
The Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to entertainers – who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria. Anyone can join The Million Nets Pledge and help to send one million nets to protect refugee families from malaria. JCI members can go to www.NothingButNets.net/JCI to donate and help save lives.
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