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Nothing But Nets and Union of Reform Judaism Help Save Lives in Kenya
Date:2/10/2009

Grassroots supporters raise over $1.2 million to deliver 128,000 bed nets to four refugee camps in Kenya

Dadaab, Kenya and Washington DC (Vocus) February 10, 2009 -- The United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign, a global, grassroots initiative to prevent malaria, announced today its supporters have successfully raised more than $1.2 million to provide long-lasting insecticide-treated nets to more than 273,000 refugees in four camps in Kenya before the summer's rainy season. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) will distribute the 128,000 nets over the next few weeks.

"As I help distribute nets here in Dadaab camp, I am thankful to the thousands of individuals who have donated as little as $10 to send these life-saving bed nets," said Adrianna Logalbo, Director of Nothing But Nets. "The refugees I've met with have survived displacement, discrimination and sometimes war - they should not then die of a malaria infection caused by a mosquito bite."

Adrianna Logalbo is joined in Kenya by three representatives of the Union for Reform Judaism, a partner of the grassroots campaign. "We are thankful to join UNHCR and the UN Foundation on this trip to see first-hand the impact of malaria on these refugee camps," said Rabbi Marla Feldman. "It is difficult for the families living in these camps, and with just a $10 donation, we are able to help protect against malaria and offer these parents some piece of mind as they sleep at night with their children."

In September 2008, UNHCR identified an immediate and urgent need for 275,000 long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets for refugees living in 27 refugee camps in Uganda, Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania, where the malaria burden is highest amon
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