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By: Rachel Henderson,  Chrystal Ramsay-Dyess

Cross Country BzzzTour Fights to End Malaria

May 25, 2017

For the second year in a row, the Junior Chamber International (JCI USA), is partnering with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, kicking off a multicity “BzzzTour” today to encourage elected officials, JCI chapters, and communities nationwide to continue the fight against malaria. The tour will visit more than 100 JCI chapters across 20 states, making six major stops in Nashville, Des Moines, St. Louis, Seattle, Houston, and Washington, D.C.

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness, funds and voices in the fight against malaria, which kills a child every 60 seconds. Together with its UN partners, the Nothing But Nets campaign has delivered more than 7 million bed nets across sub-Saharan Africa since 2006.

“JCI leaders across the country are joining Nothing But Nets in taking a stand to help protect families from malaria,” said JCI Immediate Past President Chrystal Ramsay-Dyess. “We are traveling from city to city, raising funds, increasing awareness about malaria, and encouraging communities to advocate for strong U.S. leadership and funding for malaria programs,” said Ramsay-Dyess.

For 3 months, Nothing But Nets and the US Jaycees will educate and engage citizens in the fight against this deadly disease. Track the “BzzzTour” at and the fight against malaria by contacting your members of Congress in support of robust funding for the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and donating $10 to send a net and help save a life.

Malaria is a deadly disease, transmitted by a single mosquito bite. Malaria kills more than 600,000 people worldwide every year and is a leading killer of children under five in Africa. But bed nets provide a simple, cost-effective solution and can reduce the spread of malaria. For more information, visit

2014 Tour Schedule:

Tennessee: June 6-10

Kentucky: June 11-14

Virginia: June 15-17

Connecticut: June 18-19; 21

Massachusetts: June 19-20

Washington, DC: June 24

Baltimore: June 25-28

Mississippi: June 29-30

Louisiana: July 1

Texas: July 2-4

Arkansas: July 5-9

Missouri: July 10-20

Iowa: July 21-26

Nebraska: July 27-August 3

Colorado: August 4

Wyoming August 5-7

Montana: August 8-12

Washington: August 13-15

California: August 16-20

Hawaii: August 28-31

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Rachel Henderson

Senior Communications Officer, Nothing But Nets



Chrystal Ramsay-Dyess, United States Junior Chamber



JCI USA/The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) is a membership association of 18-40 year olds dedicated to providing development opportunities and creating positive change in their communities and in themselves. JCI members are found in over 120 countries around the world, numbering 200,000 strong in over 5000 chapters, with 20,000 members in the U.S. To learn more about us please check us out at

About Nothing But Nets

Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan 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. Since then, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $50 million to deliver more than 7.25 million bed nets to families in need. Campaign partners include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, Junior Chamber International, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S. It costs $10 to purchase and deliver an insecticide-treated bed net, provide education on its proper use, and provide other malaria reduction interventions that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit to send a net and help save a life.

About The United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit

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