Vernimb’s tireless efforts to help children in Africa have not gone unnoticed. At last year’s United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit, UN Special Envoy for Malaria, Ray Chambers, declared Vernimb’s success in raising funds as representative of the U.S. public's enthusiasm to send nets and save lives. Vernimb was also featured on the television program Teen Kids News, and lauded at the Nothing But Nets World Malaria Day reception by Rick Reilly, the author of the article that originally inspired him.
“Kevin’s enthusiasm and commitment to protecting families in Africa are great examples of what drives this grassroots movement,” said Adrianna Logalbo, director of Nothing But Nets. “Dedicated supporters like him have helped us save millions of lives.”
Malaria infects up to 500 million people around the world each year, killing more than 1 million. The disease is a leading killer of children and refugees in Africa, where 90 percent of malaria deaths occur. Bed nets prevent malaria transmission by creating a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur. It costs $10 to send a net and save a life. To learn more about Nothing But Nets, visit www.nothingbutnets.net.
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,
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