I can tell by the red bumps on my legs that it’s that time
of year again: mosquito season. For me, like most Americans, a mosquito bite is little
more than an itchy nuisance. But in some
areas of the world, mosquitoes pose far more dangerous risks. Malaria, a life-threatening, infectious
disease transmitted by mosquitoes, is widespread in Asia, parts of the Americas, and Africa. Over one million people die of malaria every
year – most are young children from sub-Saharan Africa. Malaria is preventable and treatable, but in
many regions of Africa there are insufficient
resources to fight back.
The United Nations Foundation, a member of the MWW
Coalition, recognized the severity of this public health issue and created the Nothing But Nets (NBN) campaign. NBN aims to eradicate malaria by providing insecticide-treated
bed nets to families in the areas most affected by the disease. So far, NBN has made significant progress by
raising awareness and facilitating action in communities across the U.S.
Partners like the NBA Cares (also a MWW Coalition
member!), MLS Works,
and the United
Methodist Church help to expand its reach. Over the past two years, hundreds of thousands of people have become involved,
to the tune of $20 million. So far bed
nets have been distributed in seven
African countries, to more than 700,000 families. Ten dollars is all it takes to purchase a bed
net, send it to Africa, and educate a family
about its use.
Have you ever taken part in a Nothing But Nets event, or
contributed to the cause? Do you plan on
doing so in the future? What do you
think about the campaign?
Tell us: What is your favorite initiative that is making a
difference on a global issue?