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Nothing But Nets to Distribute 133,000 Nets to Families in Mali

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2007

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Nothing But Nets to Distribute 133,000 Nets to Families in Mali

(Washington, DC) The people of The United Methodist Church and Nothing But Nets- a global, grassroots campaign to prevent malaria-announced today that the Rev. Gary Henderson, executive director of the Global Health Initiative, will travel to Mali, Africa as part of a United Nations Foundation and Nothing But Nets delegation to observe the distribution of over two million long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets to children and their families.

Nothing But Nets campaign supporters funded 133,000 of the bed nets being distributed December 13-19, 2007 as part of the largest integrated health campaign in Mali, where malaria is a leading cause of death for children under five. By the end of the integrated health campaign, all children under five will be protected by an insecticide-treated net.

"We've seen such support and generosity for this campaign from United Methodist congregations, youth groups and individuals. To be able to see the end result--distributing nets to families at risk-is extremely gratifying," said Henderson. "Observing the cooperative efforts of all of the organizations involved in the health campaign to bring better health to children in Mali will also be helpful as we seek to build on the denomination's long standing focus on health ministries and to expand those efforts."

The integrated health campaign is being organized and implemented by the Malian Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Measles Initiative and other international partners. As part of this integrated health campaign, over 2.8 million children under the age of five will also receive vaccinations against polio and measles, Vitamin A supplementation and de-worming medication.

While in Mali, Henderson and Nothing But Nets representatives will participate in a faith leader's event that will gather both local and international leaders of faith together to discuss ways to address global health problems. The United Methodist Church is engaged in a new global health initiative aimed at combating the diseases of poverty and bringing better health to people all over the world.

Every 30 seconds, an African child dies from a malaria infection transmitted by a mosquito bite, and every day 25 million pregnant African women risk severe illness and harm to their unborn children from a malaria infection. However, insecticide-treated nets, like the ones purchased through Nothing But Nets can protect a family of four against malaria for up to four years.

Nothing But Nets, a project of the United Nations Foundation, is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by delivering long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets to those most in need. A $10 donation covers the cost to purchase and distribute a bed net and educate the recipient on its proper use.

To date, the Campaign has engaged more than 60,000 individuals, raised more than US$16 million and will have distributed more than to 700,000 nets by the end of 2007.



Key partners contributing to the integrated health campaign in Mali include:
Governmental & Intergovernmental Organizations:
Mali Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross (CRM/CRC), World Health Organization (OMS/Mali), International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, UNICEF, The American Red Cross, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF/Mali, Ministry of Social Development, Solidarity and the Elderly, The Assistance Technique Nationale/USAID (ATN), The Network of Traditional Communicators (RECOTRADE), National Federation of Community Health Associations (FENASCOM), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), USAID/Mali, and The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), among others.

Non-governmental Organizations: United Nations Foundation, Helen Keller International (HKI), Groupe Pivot Santé Population (GPSP), Population Services International (PSI)

Corporations: ExxonMobil, Vestergaard Frandsen

Health Campaigns & Initiatives: The Measles Initiative, The President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), Malaria No More, Nothing But Nets, Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), Micronutrient Initiative (MI/HKI and UNICEF)