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Our Impact

We’re stepping up the fight to beat malaria.

For more than 15 years, United to Beat Malaria (previously known as Nothing But Nets) has kept our commitment to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable people by providing bed nets and other life-saving tools, while also successfully advocating for increased U.S. leadership and funding for global malaria programs.

United to Beat Malaria reflects the collective power that we have: As a united front, we can be the generation to end malaria.

Below is a snapshot of our campaign’s impact, thanks to your support.

2006 – PRESENT: PROGRESS

Campaign Impact

Since 2006, United to Beat Malaria has helped protect over 39 million people from malaria across 57 countries and raised over $74 million in the fight to end malaria. 

Our malaria projects continue to prioritize young children and mothers, pregnant women, refugees and internally-displaced persons, hard-to-reach communities with little to no healthcare access, and frontline health workers who fight malaria in these communities.

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2021: YEAR IN REVIEW

1,298,117 People Protected

We helped provide:

150,720 bed nets  

460,650 anti-malarial treatments, including 200,573 preventative treatments for pregnant women 

147,325 rapid diagnostic tests 

70,174 homes protected through an indoor residual spraying campaign 

1,045 disinfection kits to 100 health facilities to ensure safe provision of essential health services, including malaria care, during COVID-19 

566 health workers and lab technicians trained

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2021 Year In Review

Impact Through Advocacy

United to Beat Malaria champions advocate to their Members of Congress in support of strong U.S. leadership and robust funding for the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the UN.

Thanks to the persistent efforts of our champions and strong bipartisan support, we have continually helped secure robust and increased funding for PMI and the Global Fund over the years.

Most recently, we effectively advocated for a 15% increase in commitment during the Global Fund’s 6th replenishment cycle and are track to see a $30-50M increase for PMI in the Fiscal Year 2022.

This funding will protect millions of people from malaria and address pressing obstacles, including drug and insecticide resistance and the impacts of COVID-19.

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2021 Year In Review

Impact Across Continents

In 2021, your donations primarily supported malaria projects in in Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, and South Sudan – highly vulnerable regions impacted by armed conflict, natural disasters, and mass displacement. 

In addition, your donations supported to support malaria elimination efforts across 17 Latin America and Caribbean countries.

Our malaria projects continue to prioritize families with young children, pregnant women, displaced populations, remote communities with little to no healthcare access, and frontline health workers who fight malaria in these communities.

81% of the people we reached in 2021 were internally-displaced or refugees.

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Impact for People

Meet Achol from South Sudan

Achol is a refugee from South Sudan and a mother of four. She fled her home the night her husband was killed. She traveled on foot for seven days over difficult terrain with her youngest in her arms to reach Kakuma refugee camp.

At one point along the way she was separated from her eldest daughter and has not seen her since. She worries about her son and two remaining daughters as many children in the camp have had malaria and some have even died.

Despite her exhaustion, she is among the first to line up the morning that insecticide-treated bed nets, provided by United to Beat Malaria supporters, are being given out to refugee families.

She smiles big when she receives the bed nets that will protect her little ones from this deadly disease. Though many challenges remain ahead, that night Achol slept peacefully for the first time in many weeks, as she knows malaria-carrying mosquitoes will no longer touch her family.

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FROM TANZANIA

Meet Pamela

Pamela’s two children and husband are her world. Her family lives in Marangu, Tanzania, at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

For years, Pamela feared that malaria might take her life—or her son’s. She had every right to worry: malaria, spread by a single mosquito bite, kills more than 1,400 children every day. She rushed her son Elihuruma, 6, to the hospital many times when he was weak from fevers caused by malaria.

When she was pregnant with Mary, a health worker gave her an insecticide-treated bed net like those provided by United to Beat Malaria supporters. The volunteer patiently showed Pamela how to tuck the net under the mattress. She learned these simple nets could protect her family from malaria.

Now Pamela, her husband and children sleep beneath nets protected from deadly malaria. 18-month-old Mary happily toddles around. Elihuruma sings in the children’s choir and doesn’t miss a day of school. And Pamela is strong enough to tend her chickens and goats. A simple net changed this family’s future.

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FROM KAPAWI COMMUNITY, ECUADOR

Meet Nancy

Nancy Piruch, a mother, lives in the Kapawi community and has seen her whole family affected by malaria multiple times. Nancy first contracted malaria when she was 11, but it’s more difficult for her to watch her kids suffer from the disease. For her, malaria is a dangerous disease that used to decimate her community. She remembers taking traditional medicine as a child, but now her kids can access diagnosis and treatment at the local health center.

“It is my responsibility to look after my kids and send them to school. Every day I make sure there is food on the table for my family. When one of my kids feels sick, I immediately go to the health center for a doctor’s visit. It worries me when they get sick and start to vomit or develop a fever and chills. It takes a toll on our family when the children get sick. We don’t want to have malaria and hope to work together to fight this disease. Every night we use the bed nets to protect ourselves. I feel more at peace because we are getting malaria under control.”

Ecuador is committed to expanding health coverage across the country, particularly in rural and hard-to-reach areas, by involving all levels of society. From teachers, health workers, and moms like Nancy, everyone has a role to play in ending malaria. Learn more about Ecuador’s fight to end malaria here.

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FROM UGANDA

Meet Twizere

Twizere is 22 years old and a mother of two young children – a four-year-old son and her six-month-old daughter. In 2006, Twizere fled the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with her parents and arrived at Nakivale.

“We heard gun shots and knew we were too close,” she says. Here at Nakivale, Twizere has found peace and stability. She’s incredibly happy – she met her husband here, who is also Congolese, and they were married. He is a crop farmer, raising mostly maize and beans.

But they still face one consistent threat – malaria. She and her children get malaria about three times a month. They sleep under a bed net every night, but when night falls, the mosquitoes come into her home through the open door and windows before they’ve all gone to bed.

Malaria takes a heavy toll on her – when she’s sick, she cannot care for her children. Her husband helps to cook and care for them when she’s ill, but this means he cannot work.

She smiles as she talks about the joy it brings her to be a mother and hopes to have many more children. She’s incredible grateful for her baby girl, and wants her to stay healthy.

“My baby is a miracle,” she says.

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