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Grassroots Campaign Drives toward Ending Malaria Deaths by 2015
Date:3/25/2010

The United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets Campaign Launches its “Buzz Tour” to Raise Awareness About Malaria Prevention Aboard an Eco-Friendly Bus

Atlanta, GA (Vocus) March 25, 2010 -- The United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets — a global, grassroots campaign to end malaria in Africa — announced today the launch of its Nothing But Nets Buzz Tour. The campaign will take a tour bus across the country to raise awareness about malaria prevention and drive people to join the movement to end malaria. The tour will travel in a sustainable, eco-friendly converted school bus that runs on waste vegetable oil and biodiesel.

The Nothing But Nets Buzz Tour will start off by revving-up supporters, from students to Major League Soccer teams and fans, to mobilize around the Sleep Out to End Malaria on April 24, the eve of World Malaria Day. The Sleep Out to End Malaria will show world leaders people care about saving lives by ending malaria, and call for continued support of malaria prevention and treatment, to achieve the global goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015.

“We're going on this Buzz Tour to meet our supporters around the country and build the buzz for the Sleep Out to End Malaria on the night before World Malaria Day,” said Nothing But Nets Director Adrianna Logalbo. “We're driving toward ending malaria deaths by 2015 and making history. We want everyone to join us for the ride.”

Following the Sleep Out to End Malaria, the Buzz Tour will roll on to visit its partners and supporters in more than 15 cities and work with Major League Soccer to host in-stadium events to raise awareness about malaria, in the lead up to the 2010 World Cup, which will be played in Africa for the first time. 90 percent of malaria deaths occur in Africa, where a child dies every 30 seconds from a malaria infection. To leverage the enthusiasm around the World Cup, the UN Foundation and its Nothing But Nets campaign are teaming up with other malaria-focused organizations for a one-year campaign called United Against Malaria.

Long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets are one of the easiest and most cost-effective methods of preventing the spread of the disease. The nets create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of malaria transmissions occur. One bed net can protect a family of four, and lasts three to five years. A net costs just $10 to purchase, deliver, and educate the recipient on its proper use.

To date, Nothing But Nets has raised close to $30 million and has sent nearly three million nets to children, pregnant women, and refugees throughout Africa. For more information, including photos, video, and schedule and stop information, log on to www.NothingButNets.net/buzztour.

About Nothing But Nets
Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in 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. Founding campaign partners include the National Basketball Association's NBA Cares, The people of The United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. It only costs $10 to provide an insecticide-treated bed net that can prevent this deadly disease. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

Media Contact:
Amy DiElsi, United Nations Foundation, (202) 419-3230

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