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Malaria Awareness Day Offers Opportunity to Save Lives Through Nothing But Nets

(Vocus) April 3, 2007

The people of The United Methodist Church are using April 25, Malaria Awareness Day, as an opportunity to call attention to the plight of children in Africa, one of whom dies every 30 seconds from malaria.

Bishop Janice Riggle Huie, president of the denomination’s Council of Bishops, is urging members of the denomination and others to skip lunch on Malaria Awareness Day and donate the money saved to send a lifesaving mosquito bed net to a child in Africa through Nothing But Nets.

The people of The United Methodist Church are founding partners in the Nothing But Nets campaign, a grassroots effort to prevent malaria through the purchase and distribution of bed nets in Africa–soon to be featured on “American Idol.” In observance of Malaria Awareness Day, the denomination will observe the theme Skip a lunch. Send a net. Save a life.

“Bed nets are the most cost-effective way to protect children from the mosquitoes that carry this killer disease,” the Houston-based Huie said. “This is an easy, tangible way to make a difference.

“Join me,” she said. “I’m going to skip lunch and donate $ 10 to send a bed net. Skip a lunch. Send a net. Save a life.”

A $ 10 donation to http://www.NothingButNets.net will pay for the cost of a bed net, sending it to a family in Africa and teaching how it can be used to protect children from mosquitoes at night, when bites are most likely.

On April 24th and 25th, Nothing But Nets will be featured during a two-night “American Idol” special “Idol Gives Back,” designed to increase awareness and raise funds for organizations serving children living in poverty in Africa and the U.S. “American Idol” sponsors will make a donation for each vote viewers cast on April 24. On April 25, viewers will be able to make their own donations via toll-free lines and online.

Local churches are encouraged to join Malaria Awareness Day efforts by holding a noon worship service focusing on malaria on April 25 as a lunchtime alternative, or planning a fundraiser or other event to increase awareness of the disease. The United Methodist Church’s Upper Room Living Prayer Center is planning a continuous 24-hour prayer vigil for the children of Africa, for those suffering with malaria, and for global health.

United Methodists have been in mission in Africa for more than 160 years, operating hospitals, clinics, schools and mission centers.

“Nothing But Nets is a visible part of our long-term commitment to eliminate malaria,” Huie said. “Providing comprehensive health care to the developing nations of Africa is a long, difficult process. It will need to continue for generations.”

April 25 has been observed as Africa Malaria Day since 2001, but this year marks the first time President George W. Bush has proclaimed the day as Malaria Awareness Day in the United States.

Inspired by Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly, the Nothing But Nets campaign has raised more than $ 4 million so far–enough money for more than 400,000 nets. A challenge grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match contributions dollar for dollar up to $ 3 million. Other founding partners are the United Nations Foundation and the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares.

To learn how to make a donation, visit http://www.NothingButNets.net or http://www.umc.org/nets.


Diane Denton

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(615) 483-1765 (cell)

United Methodist Communications

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Angel Salt Lamps Help Change Children’s Lives in Pakistan, Togo & Paraguay

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) February 27, 2008

GAMMA Salt Cristals Ltd announces the first in a series of donations supporting charities and non-profit organizations throughout the world. Through The Angel’s Corner and sales of its recently created Angel Salt Lamp, our customers have so far helped us support hundreds of children and entrepreneurs in Pakistan, Togo and Paraguay.

Our first contribution, three micro-loans through Kiva (http://www.kiva.org/lender/GAMMASalt3136), is helping a man in Togo buy tools for his repair business, a woman in Togo to buy inventory for her shoe business, and a woman in Paraguay to buy more merchandise for her grocery store. As these loans are repaid over the coming year, the funds will be reloaned to others looking to start or expand their business, enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty.

Next we made a donation to Plan Canada, which will be used in a Birth Registration Program in Pakistan, where our factory is located. The goal of this project is to assist children without documentation in obtaining a birth certificate. Most significantly these documents provide children with easier access to essential social services such as education and health care. Also, by providing proof of age, it helps protect against child labor and child marriage and aids in defending against abuse and child trafficking. Our contribution will help provide documents for over 230 children.

Inspired by former President Bill Clinton’s book ‘Giving’ and Oprah Winfrey’s efforts to improve the lives of countless people around the globe, “I decided to use my name to give tribute to these Angels and use our company to spread a bit of goodness around the world. I would like to thank our customers for their support and assure you that we will continue to investigate other worthy projects around the world. This is only the beginning,” said Maria Angel, co-owner of Gamma Salt.

About GAMMA Salt

GAMMA Salt Cristals Ltd is a leading manufacturer and seller of salt crystal products mined from the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan. Its main products are a variety of Himalayan salt lamps and salt lamp diffusers. These beautiful and colorful lamps are ideal for Feng Shui and generate negative ions, which naturally cleans the air without creating harmful ozone like man-made ionizers. The company also offers natural bath salts, pure sea salt containing the same 84 trace minerals and elements as in the human body, as well as other natural salt products to retail and wholesale customers in the US and Canada.

Company Contact:

Maria Angel

GAMMA Salt Cristals Ltd





33 Rotary Clubs in Northern Missouri Participating in District 6040 Rotary Lives Here Service Day on Sept. 20

Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) September 20, 2008

Thirty-three Rotary clubs in Northern Missouri will be conducting 39 community service projects during Rotary District 6040’s Rotary Lives Here Service Day on Sept. 20, 2008. District 6040 represents 53 Rotary clubs in Northern Missouri from Kansas City to Kirksville.

The District’s Service Day projects support Rotary International’s goal to enhance child safety and well-being and reduce child mortality worldwide. The projects range from bike safety training to offering budgeting and life skills training for teenage mothers. The community service projects include:

Blue Springs Rotary will help build a Habitat for Humanity house.
Eastern Independence Rotary is conducting two projects: one is a “Bears on Patrol” project where members are collecting stuff animals for first responders to give to children affected by trauma; their goal is to collect 400 bears; the second project is “StarRight Teen MOMs Program where club members will provide budgeting and life skills seminar for teenage moms.
Higginsville Rotary will be responsible cleaning up the entire downtown area following the Higginsville Country Fair.
Kansas City Plaza Rotary Club is collecting diapers to deliver to Operation Breakthrough.
Kirksville Thousand Hills Rotary will sponsor its 2nd Annual Chicken on a Stick fundraiser during the Red Barn Arts Festival.
Lee’s Summit Sunrise Rotary will be partnering with Hope House and a local grocer to solicit donations of “life’s essentials” products, including diapers and paper products.
Liberty Rotary will offer safe Halloween trick-or-treating tips at the opening weekend of Carolyn’s Pumpkin Patch.
Parkville Rotary is collecting used luggage to give to children in crisis. The “Used Luggage for Kids in Crisis Day” is Sept. 19.
Platte City Rotary will partner with local YMCA to offer skateboard and bicycle safety tips.
Princeton Rotary will offer DNA child ID protection services during the Princeton annual festival
Raytown Rotary is collecting diapers, diaper wipes, children’s vitamins, peanut butter and jelly for a local emergency assistance program.
South Platte Rotary will provide “PhotoFacts” booklets from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children/Kansas City branch to children and their parents and grandparents during the Riverside Festival in Riverside.
St. Joseph Rotary is conducting two projects: club members will pack backpacks for America’s Second Harvest Foodbank’s Backpack Buddies program for needy children in the city. Their goal is pack 1,000 backpacks. The second project is a partnership with the Red Cross where members will help the Red Cross with a child CPR class.
St. Joseph Southside Rotary is partnering with the St. Joseph Safety Council and bilingual police personnel to provide infant car seats to St. Hoe’s Hispanic community and to offer car seat checks during the Annual Southside Festival. Tarkio Rotary will install a bike rack at the Tarkio Resource Center.
Trenton Rotary will partner with the local police department to offer a bike safety course.

“Rotary is a service-oriented organization and the clubs in Northern Missouri are demonstrating Rotary’s ability to come together on one day to provide important community service projects aimed at helping children,” said District 6040 Governor Elizabeth Usovicz. “Rotarians are committed to giving back to their communities in a way that makes an impact. It is very exciting to see 60 percent of our 54 clubs, from Kansas City to Rock Port to Kirksville participating in District 6040’s Rotary Lives Here Service Day.”

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. For more information on Rotary District 6040, visit http://www.rotary6040.org.

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Small Government Contracts Mean a Big Difference in the Lives of Children

Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 12, 2010

Earl Hicks Jr., CEO and founder of LegaLock, announced today that the company has launched LegaLock Legacies a philanthropic program that sponsors a child in need with every government contract awarded to the company.

Throughout the program, LegaLock will record their involvement and document the lives that are impacted by this movement. LegaLock will share, via Facebook and their website, the children’s stories and how the benefits of the program are reaching far beyond the children.

“At LegaLock, we strive to be more than just a business – every day, we make a sincere effort to use our company toward purposes that positively impact others,” said Hicks. “With every government contract we are awarded, we now sponsor a child and support their personal and educational development.”

Upon researching the program, LegaLock realized that what happens in the life of a child is much more significant than what happens in the environment that surrounds the child. Even a small contribution can release children from economic, social and physical poverty and enable them to become responsible and fulfilled adults. The LegaLock Legacies movement currently sponsors three children in Africa and South America and provides an opportunity to directly impact each child’s individual development.

“Turning our opportunities to serve the government into a greater good is what our company is passionate about,” said Hicks. “This dedication has the added benefit of transforming our customers into anonymous benefactors for a service that goes well beyond their own mission statements.”

About LegaLock Secure Transcriptions

With clients that include the U.S. Army, U.S. Attorney Offices, and the Department of Justice’s ATF, LegaLock has developed the transcription industry’s only IT network and case management system authorized to process, store, and transmit sensitive but unclassified (SBU) government data. Established in 2009 by a former federal security official, LegaLock’s exclusive government solution operates in full compliance with FISMA, DIACAP, and HIPAA standards and also fulfills the President’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) policy memorandum 06-16, “Protection of Sensitive Agency Information.” The LegaLock patented web portal system allows authorized users to access and share their sensitive data files from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day. To learn more about LegaLock Secure Transcriptions, call (800) 251-4173, or visit http://www.legalock.com.


Singer and Actress Mandy Moore Joins the UN Foundations Nothing But Nets for an Emergency Call to Action to Save Lives in the Central African Republic

Washington, DC (Vocus) July 28, 2010

Singer, songwriter, and actress Mandy Moore announced today she is joining the UN Foundations Nothing But Nets campaign to respond to an urgent need for life-saving, anti-malaria bed nets in the Central African Republicwhere a child dies every 30 seconds from malaria. Moore, an Ambassador for PSI (Population Services International), is partnering with Nothing But Nets and its UN partners to deliver bed nets to each family in the country who needs one, by the end of this year.

Malaria is preventable, yet it continues to kill nearly one million people every year, said Mandy Moore, who has seen the effects of malaria in Africa firsthand. Insecticide-treated bed nets are one of easiest ways to protect families from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Im proud to be part of this initiative to send nets and save lives, and am hopeful we can reach this goal for the Central African Republic.

Nothing But Nets, a global, grassroots campaign to end malaria in Africa, has helped distribute more than 3 million long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets in 15 countries across Africa. With the help of Moore and PSI, covering the Central African Republic with bed nets will be a key step toward the global goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015.

People need to know that malaria, a disease that has existed for centuries and killed millions, can be stopped within the next five years, said Adrianna Logalbo, Director of Nothing But Nets. Mandy Moores voice, and the global reach of social media, is helping spread the buzz about the urgency of stopping this preventable disease.

Moore has been active in the fight against malaria since she saw its impact firsthand in South Sudan last year, on a trip to distribute nets with PSIan experience that inspired her to raise awareness to end malaria deaths. Id like to invite my fans to join me for a live discussion on August 12 at 2:00 p.m. [ET] to learn more and find out how they can help. Im eager to spread the word about this deadly disease and its simple solutionjust $ 10 to send a life-saving bed net.

Moore will join experts from Nothing But Nets and PSI for a Town Hall on malaria in Africa, broadcast live on Facebook, to speak more about the emergency appeal for nets in the Central African Republic and what Americans can do to help. To learn more, please visit http://www.NothingButNets.net.


Malaria is endemic throughout the Central African Republic year-round and is the leading killer of children under the age of five. Nothing But Nets, in partnership with Many Moore and PSI, plans to deliver 837,000 long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets to ensure each family in the country is protected from malaria.

Every 30 seconds, a child dies from malaria – which is easily prevented through the use of an insecticide-treated bed net. The nets create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of malaria transmissions occur, and are the most cost-effective method of preventing the spread of the disease. One bed net can protect a family of four, and lasts up 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 more than $ 30 million to distribute more than 3 million nets to families throughout Africa. For more information, please visit http://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 Associations 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 http://www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About PSI

PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world’s most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives. http://www.psi.org.


New Report Shows Investment in Malaria Prevention Paying Off: Hundreds Of Thousands Of Children’s Lives Saved

Washington DC (PRWEB) September 14, 2010

A new report confirms that the current global investment in malaria control is saving lives and that further increases in funding will contribute significantly to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for health.

Saving Lives with Malaria Control: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals – authored by Tulane University, Johns Hopkins University, WHO, and PATH and published today by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) – reveals that the lives of almost three quarters of a million children in 34 African countries are estimated to have been saved in the past 10 years, through the use of insecticide treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying, and preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy.

The report estimates that an additional 3 million lives could be saved by 2015 if the world continues to increase investment in tackling the disease.

Malaria causes over 850,000 deaths per year worldwide, the majority of deaths in Africa where the disease accounts for almost 20% of all child deaths. Malaria also threatens the health of pregnant women. In sub-Saharan Africa, as many as 10,000 pregnant women die each year of malaria-related causes, mainly anemia.

Massive increases in the availability of insecticide treated nets have been recorded in the last few years. However, directly measuring the impact of insecticide nets, treatments, and other malaria control efforts is difficult as health information systems remain weak and the majority of malaria deaths are not properly recorded.

The Lives Saved Tool (LiST) – developed to be used across major childhood diseases – is being applied to malaria prevention across Africa. The report provides the first assessment of lives saved based on the level of coverage achieved with currently available malaria prevention tools. Although this does not include data on lives saved from diagnosis and treatment, and is likely to be an underestimate, the results show just how much progress has been made.

“The findings from this report clearly show the efficacy of our efforts to save lives, especially among children in Africa,” says Professor Awa Coll Seck, RBM Partnership Executive Director. “This is a vital tool which can help strengthen country planning and guide us all as we focus on 2015.”

Findings from the report also show that the number of rural households protected by either insecticide-treated nets or indoor residual spraying has increased significantly, especially in the latter half of this decade. The report estimates that malaria funding in 2010 could result in 500 more children alive every day.

“This report demonstrates the critical importance of malaria control efforts to reaching the health-related Millennium Development Goals by 2015” states Dr. Robert Newman, director of the Global Malaria Program at WHO. “Without continued investment in malaria, reaching the MDG for child survival is unlikely to be reached in Africa.”

“While we’ve made great progress, much work remains,” said Rear Admiral (Ret.) Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator. “To reach the Millennium Development Goals, we must accelerate our efforts to expand not only malaria prevention and treatment, but also a broad range of community-based health services. The Administration’s Global Health Initiative is helping partner countries achieve major advances through innovation, integration, and improved health service delivery in countries.”

Progress made in controlling malaria is still very fragile. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the largest funder of malaria control programs worldwide, will hold its third replenishment meeting in November 2010, where governments will make financial pledges which may well determine if the malaria-related MDGs can be achieved.

About Roll Back Malaria

Saving Lives with Malaria Control: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals is the third in the Progress & Impact Series of reports published by the RBM Partnership. The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership is the global framework for coordinated action against malaria. It provides a neutral platform for consensus-building and developing solutions to challenges in the implementation of malaria control interventions and strategies. RBM is a public-private partnership that also facilitates the incubation of new ideas and lends support to innovative approaches.

The Partnership promotes high-level political commitment and keeps malaria high on the global agenda by enabling, harmonizing and amplifying partner-driven advocacy initiatives. Founded by UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank, and UNDP and strengthened by the expertise, resources, and commitment of more than 500 partner organizations, the Partnership secures policy guidance and financial and technical support for control efforts in countries and monitors progress towards universal goals.

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Americans Act Quickly to Save Lives in Central Africa

Washington, DC (Vocus/PRWEB) January 24, 2011

Today, the United Nations Foundations Nothing But Nets campaign, PSI (Population Services International), and UNICEF announced the successful delivery of nearly 1 million anti-malaria mosquito nets in the Central African Republic (CAR)providing one net to each family in the country. The families received their nets less than six months after the UN identified an urgent need to protect them against malaria and thousands of Americans rallied to answer the call for help.

To ensure mosquito nets reached homes as quickly as possible, the UN Foundations Nothing But Netsa global, grassroots campaign to prevent malaria in Africa, partnered with PSI to call on its supporters across the country to help fill the need by the end of 2010. Singer, actress, and PSI ambassador Mandy Moore helped the campaign raise awareness and encouraged people to donate. I had the opportunity to meet families, visit clinics, and deliver nets in the Central African Republic, and saw the need first-hand, said Moore of her trip last October. The fact that thousands of people around the country came together so quickly to help protect families on the other side of the world is overwhelming, and so inspiring.

Malaria is prevalent throughout the CAR year-round and is the leading killer of children under the age of five. The high rate of malaria in this country is a severe problem, and using long-lasting, insecticide-treated nets is one of the best, most cost-effective ways for families to protect themselves from the disease, said Tanya Chapuisat, Country Representative for UNICEF in CAR. We are very thankful for the contributions that have helped us distribute nets to save lives.

We reached this goal by working together, said Adrianna Logalbo, director of the Nothing But Nets campaign. We are grateful for the strong partnerships and dedicated supporters who helped send nets to save lives in the Central African Republic, bringing us one step closer to reaching the goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015. Nothing But Nets worked with its UN partners especially UNICEF and the World Health OrganizationPSI, and the CAR Ministry of Health to deliver the nets on the ground.

To date, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $ 35 million to distribute over 4 million nets to families throughout Africa. Every 45 seconds, a child dies from malaria — which is easily prevented through the use of an insecticide-treated net. The nets create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of malaria transmissions occur. One long-lasting, insecticide-treated net can protect a family of four, and lasts up to three years. A net costs just $ 10 to purchase, deliver, and educate the recipient on its proper use. For more information, please visit http://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 Associations 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 http://www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.

About PSI

PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world’s most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives. http://www.psi.org.

About the UN Foundation

The United Nations Foundation, a public charity was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turners historic $ 1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the worlds most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit http://www.unfoundation.org.


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The worlds largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: http://www.unicef.org


Anti-Malaria Bed Nets Delivered to Zambia Ahead of Schedule to Save Thousands of Lives Through an Innovative Health Financing Mechanism

Washington, DC & Lusaka, Zambia (Vocus/PRWEB) February 21, 2011

Today, more than 800,000anti-malaria bed nets have arrived and been distributed in Zambia three months ahead of schedule and before the peak of the deadly rainy season, thanks to a deal reached by the Government of Zambia, the World Bank, UNICEF, Stanbic Bank Zambia, part of the Standard Bank Group and the United Nations Foundation, supported by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance and the UN Secretary-Generals Special Envoy for Malaria.

This deal marks the inaugural transaction of the Pledge Guarantee for Health (PGH), a new financial tool developed by the UN Foundation, with help from Dalberg Global Development Advisors, and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that streamlines the procurement of lifesaving health supplies. The $ 4.8 million deal will provide anti-malaria bed nets to 1.6 million people and potentially avert tens of thousands of malaria cases, saving the lives of thousands of children in Zambia, who are more at risk of catching malaria during the rainy season.

KapambweSimbaoof, the Honorable Minister of Healthfor the Republic of Zambia said, Congratulations and many thanks to the partnerswho worked quickly and efficiently to pilot this innovative finance mechanism in Zambia. This coordinated and rapid response accelerated the distribution of malaria control interventions and ultimately saved lives in my country.

The process is new, but the goal of Pledge Guarantee for Health is simple: to more quickly and effectively reduce childhood deaths from easily preventable diseases,” said Kevin Starace, Executive Director of Global Health Innovation at the UN Foundation. “The PGH helps streamline the flow of aid dollars, reducing inefficiencies and premiums that governments pay on health commodities due to bottlenecks in the grant disbursement process.

Here is how it works. PGH facilitates short-term loans to developing country recipients on the basis of pending aid commitments. This enables recipients to avoid stock-outs, emergency shipments, and high costs that can arise when they must wait for funding to replenish supplies of critical medicines. The PGH is flexible, and transactions are structured to accommodate needs of both recipients and donors. Thanks to PGH facilitating the process and guaranteeing the bank loan, health supplies are procured up to eight months faster, and commodity premiums are reduced by up to 83 percent.

We applaud the efforts of countries like Zambia and development partners to create a system that gets health aid to where its needed fast and in time to avert emergencies, said Eva Jarawan, Health Manager for the World Banks Africa Region. Innovative financial mechanisms like the Pledge Guarantee can make a real difference in delivering anti-malaria bednets and other vital health supplies quickly and efficiently to communities which need them the most.

In Zambia, once the guarantee was issued, it took the Government of Zambia and UNICEF less than three weeks to deliver the bed nets to the district-level.

Richard Gush, Head of Standard Bank Africa Corporate Investment Bank, said that Standard Bank was proud to be part of a partnership that will save lives. We are privileged to be involved in this project, the first under the auspices of the PGH, and to be able to contribute through providing a financial solution that could help solve a continental problem.

As the largest bank in Africa by assets and market capitalization, we recognize that the African private sector has a leadership role to play when it comes to creating solutions to meet Africas development challenges.

While Zambia has made tremendous progress in malaria prevention in recent years, the recent resurgence reported by the World Health Organization highlights the need to remain vigilant and ensure that nets are not only financed, but arrive on time, said Ray Chambers, the UN Secretary-Generals Special Envoy for Malaria.The success of this innovative deal provides us with an important new tool in the fight to end deaths from malaria by 2015.

The percentage of Zambian households owning at least one anti-malaria bed net increased from 38 percent in 2006 to 64 percent in 2008. With the additional bed nets, Zambia will be able to make more progress toward achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation investment in PGH is part of an initiative announced last year that commits a total of $ 400 million in program-related investments (PRIs) during a two-year period to deepen the impact of the foundations work through non-traditional means. These include the use of financial tools such as low-interest loans, loan guarantees and equity investments to secure financing for the charitable activities of select organizations and programs that fall within its core focus areas.


World Bank: Phil Hay, Phay(at)worldbank(dot)org, 202-473-1796

UNICEF:Christian Moen, cmoen(at)unicef(dot)org, 212-326-7516

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:media(at)gatesfoundation(dot)org, 206-709-3400

Standard Bank:Janice Garraway, janice.garraway(at)standardbank(dot)com, +44 20 3145 5092

African Leaders Malaria Alliance: Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, info(at)alma2015(dot)org, 917-838-1822

UN Secretary Generals Special Envoy for Malaria: Sean Hightower, shightower(at)amelior(dot)org, 212-307-2527

UN Foundation: Eric Porterfield, eporterfield(at)unfoundation(dot)org, 202-496-6381

About the World Bank

The World Bank reduces poverty and boosts opportunity for people in developing and middle- income countries around the globe. Led by 187 member countries, the Bank mobilizes development knowledge and financing in education, health, infrastructure, agriculture, and other key priorities to improve the social and economic well-being of people in need.http://www.worldbank.org


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.

Wheelchair Van crashed to save lives; Handicap Vans from Lone Star Handicap Vans in Tyler Texas take safety and quality to new heights.

Tyler, TX (PRWEB) May 19, 2011

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NHSTA’s 2011 crash test standards are more stringent and harder to pass than ever before. Lone Star Handicap Vans in Tyler Texas proved their conversion vans are the top of its class by completing the test with just one van. This is a very rare event for one van to complete all 3 crash test with flying colors. Lone Star Handicap Vans has set a new standard in their industry with this great accomplishment. Making safety and quality the highest priority in their vans. Visit the site for the video and more info on the safest handicap vans in the industry.

Since passing the 2011 NHTSA’s 2011 Crash Test Lone Star Handicap Vans, LLC is constantly getting approved as a provider of new grants and loans for our customers and are continually looking for more programs.

Lone Star Handicap Vans manufactures the handicap accessible conversions on vans and minivans for wheelchair access, scooter access, and electrical chair access. With Lone Star Handicap Vans you get direct manufacturing pricing, nationwide delivery, and the highest quality wheelchair van, along with a company that genuinely cares about helping those in need gain the mobility they deserve at an affordable price.

Their mission is to give individuals greater access to the world. Through wheelchair accessible transportation, helping individuals who require this assistance to be able to get where they want to go and do so with safety and dignity. Lone Star Handicap Vans is helping individuals and families gain more freedom through mobility van product at the highest value and safety.

This is a true goal at Lone Star handicap Vans LLC. They are really in this to help physically challenged individuals with disabilities to be as mobile as possible. Helping individuals who can benefit from Wheelchair conversion vans and increase their mobility and their access to appropriate transportation. Lone Star Handicap Vans is about helping individuals who can utilize wheelchair vans to gain a greater feeling of freedom and a greater actual mobility in their world.

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Mother of 5 Creates New Personal Safety Technology that Can Save Lives

Boca Raton, Florida (PRWEB) November 15, 2012

Are we safer today than we used to be? Whether it’s true or not, the statistics concerning personal security are scary. In the U.S. a child is reported missing or abducted every 40 seconds; 1 in 5 women in college have been the victim of rape. And these are just the incidents that are reported!

Now theres a new way for individuals and family members to stay safe.

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