Today, the California-based Mancheno Insurance Agency, a member of the Nationwide Insurance Independent channel, announced its partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to protect refugees from malaria. In forming the first insurance industry partnership with Nothing But Nets, Jorge Mancheno of Mancheno Insurance Agency was inspired by Golden State Warriors star and NBA MVP Stephen Curry, who also supports the campaign.
Today, there are more than 50 million 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 where Nothing But Nets works. This year, Nothing But Nets launched The Million Nets Pledge to protect refugee families from malaria with one million bednets and other malaria interventions by 2016.
Mancheno Insurance Agency is joining The Million Nets Pledge by donating three life-saving, insecticide-treated bednets to Nothing But Nets for every new homeowner policy sold during the year and their contributions will be matched by Nationwide Insurance. The partnership builds on one formed earlier this year with Nationwide Insurance matching Stephen Curry’s Three for Three Challenge for the 2014-2015 season.
“Nothing But Nets is saving lives,” said Jorge Mancheno, owner, Mancheno Insurance Agency. “Anyone can help save a life, and we want to do our part to protect families from this disease in sub-Saharan Africa while we also provide coverage to families here at home.”
Every 60 seconds, a child dies from malaria. Nothing But Nets works closely with its UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa to ensure vulnerable populations, including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict, are protected from this deadly disease.
“Mancheno Insurance Agency and Nationwide’s Western Regional Office (WRO) will save lives by joining The Million Nets Pledge,” said Nothing But Nets Director Chris Helfrich. “Their creativity is living proof that anyone can make a difference to help us protect refugees from malaria.”
The Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters – from students to athletes to CEOs – 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. Go to www.NothingButNets.net/MillionNetsPledge to take the pledge and help save lives.
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Senior Communications Officer, Nothing But Nets
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 $56 million to help deliver more than nine million bednets to families in need. Campaign partners include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, Junior Chamber International, and Major League Soccer’s MLS WORKS. It costs $10 to purchase and deliver an insecticide-treated bednet, provide education on its proper use, and provide other malaria reduction interventions that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and 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 www.unfoundation.org.