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Nothing But Nets Teams Up With Boy Scouts of America to Fight Malaria
Date:8/27/2009

Boy Scouts of America Celebrate 100 Years of Service by Extending Reach Outside Nation's Borders; Millions of Scouts Across the U.S., including Distinguished Eagle Scout Bill Gates Sr., Spread the Word on Malaria Prevention.

Detroit, MI (Vocus) August 27, 2009 -- The United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets, a grassroots campaign to prevent malaria by sending long-lasting insecticide-treated nets to families in Africa, announced today that the Boy Scouts of America has joined the malaria-prevention campaign as part of its 100th Anniversary Celebration. Throughout the year, Scouts from around the country will work within their communities to raise awareness about malaria, a leading killer in Africa.

BSA Chief Scout Executive Bob Mazzuca and Nothing But Nets Director Adrianna Logalbo launched the life-saving partnership today during a malaria workshop at Detroit Edison Public School Academy. Bill Gates Sr., Distinguished Eagle Scout and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Honorable Dave Bing, Mayor of Detroit and Deron Washington of the NBA's Detroit Pistons, joined Mazzuca and Logalbo at the workshop to teach more than 65 local Scouts about malaria and how to help prevent the deadly disease.

"Every single day, in almost every community across the nation, Scouts are doing their part to make this world a better place by becoming good citizens. But our concern for others doesn't stop at our borders. We are global citizens," Mazzuca said. "Even during a challenging economic recession, it's hard to imagine that nearly 3,000 people die every day from a preventable disease like malaria. We're pleased to work with the UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign to help make a positive difference for the children in Africa."


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