Malaria Advocates Rally in Washington for World Malaria Day

Nothing But Nets advocates are on Capitol Hill meeting with members of Congress today, World Malaria Day

“We have the opportunity to end malaria in this generation,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, director of Nothing But Nets.

Today, on World Malaria Day, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign has convened more than 125 advocates from 29 states to the nation’s capital to galvanize policymakers to support U.S. funding for life-saving global malaria programs. This is the third and final day of the campaign’s annual Leadership Summit to train and mobilize the next generation of grassroots leaders in the fight against malaria.

“We have the opportunity to end malaria in this generation,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, director of Nothing But Nets. “Our advocates are incredibly dedicated to this fight and want to help us save lives.”

In response to dramatic proposed funding cuts to foreign assistance programs and UN agencies engaged in life-saving work around the world, Nothing But Nets champions will meet with their members of Congress to help ensure the U.S. does not back away from its commitments to the fight against malaria and maintains a strong relationship with the United Nations. The Summit is hosted alongside JCI USA, a leading partner in grassroots advocacy, with more than 30 Jaycees in attendance from chapters across the country.

During the Summit, champions heard from television broadcaster and malaria survivor, Charlie Webster, and model, DJ, humanitarian, and president of Stand 4 Education, Mari Malek, along with several other UN and malaria leaders to learn the necessary skills to build awareness and advocate for crucial funding for the United Nations, the President’s Malaria Initiative, and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“Last August, malaria almost claimed my life,” said television broadcaster and athlete, Charlie Webster. “If by telling my story, I can save just one life, everything I went through was worth it. This disease is preventable and treatable – we can end malaria in our lifetime.”

Nothing But Nets also announced its “P.L.E.D.G.E. to Protect” vulnerable refugees, children, and families from malaria, reflecting its ongoing commitment to achieve the United Nations-led Sustainable Development Goals and to support the concerted worldwide efforts to end malaria. The P.L.E.D.G.E. is an acrostic representing the full spectrum of the campaign’s work: (P)rocuring and distributing life-saving bed nets; (L)everaging its partnership with the UN and other organizations; (E)ngaging advocates and policymakers to secure critical U.S. funding; (D)elivering diagnostics, treatment, innovating tools, and education to…

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