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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.

Contact:

Diane Denton

(615) 742-5406 (office)

(615) 483-1765 (cell)

United Methodist Communications

Office of Public Information

810 12th Ave. S.

Nashville, TN 37203

http://www.umcpresscenter.org

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Real Salt Lake Teams Up with Nothing But Nets to Fight Malaria


Washington, DC (Vocus) June 4, 2010

Major League Soccers (MLS) Real Salt Lake and the United Nations Foundations Nothing But Nets campaign are teaming up to raise awareness about malaria. As the winner of last years MLS Cup, the club will meet with President Obama on Friday, June 4. The club will host a workshop to engage D.C.-area children in the global fight against malariaa preventable and treatable disease that continues to kill nearly 1 million people each year.

Winning the MLS Cup was an incredible victory; we look forward to saying the same about malaria in 5 years, said Real Salt Lake defender Robbie Russell. To know that a child dies every 30 seconds from a preventable disease is hard to understand, but its easy to help. Were excited to be part of building the movement to end malaria.

MLS W.O.R.K.S., Major League Soccers community outreach initiative, has been connecting its teams, players, and fans to send nets and save lives through Nothing But Nets since 2007. Since 2006, hundreds of thousands of supporters have helped Nothing But Nets raise more than $ 30 million to send more than 3 million life-saving bed nets to Africa.

As part of a country-wide bus tour to spread the buzz about saving lives by ending malaria, the Nothing But Nets Buzz Tour is working with MLS teams across the country to host in-stadium events to raise awareness about malaria in the lead up to the 2010 World Cup, which will be played in Africa for the first timewhere 90 percent of malaria deaths occur.

Long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets are one of the easiest and most cost-effective methods of preventing the spread of the disease. The nets create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of malaria transmissions occur. One bed net can protect a family of four, and lasts three to five years. A net costs just $ 10 to purchase, deliver, and educate the recipient on its proper use.

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 MLS W.O.R.K.S.

MLS W.O.R.K.S. is Major League Soccer’s community outreach initiative dedicated to addressing important social issues affecting young people and serves as a platform for League and club philanthropic programs. MLS W.O.R.K.S. seeks to establish Major League Soccer as a leader for improving the lives of people through sport. For more information visit the website at http://www.MLSsoccer.com/works

Media Contact:

Negin Janati, United Nations Foundation, (202) 378-7858; njanati (at) unfoundation (dot) org

Sean Dennison, Major League Soccer, (917) 658-4159; sean.dennison (at) mlsnet (dot) com

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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.

BACKGROUND

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.

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Nothing But Nets and NBA Cares Travel to Senegal to Provide 20,000 Life-Saving Bed Nets


Dakar, Senegal (Vocus) August 9, 2010

More than 20 NBA athletes, coaches, and Legends including Dikembe Mutombo, DeSagana Diop, Danillo Gallinari, and Hasheem Thabeet joined the movement to end malaria today in Senegal, West Africa. The group traveled with the United Nations Foundations Nothing But Nets campaign and NBA Cares to Rufisque, a village outside of the capital, Dakar, to help distribute 20,000 long-lasting, insecticidetreated nets to families in great need. In addition, the players and coaches met with community leaders and families to discuss the impact of malaria in Rufisque, particularly during the current rainy season, and the necessity of saving lives by preventing malaria through the nightly use of life-saving bed nets.

Growing up in Senegal, I have seen firsthand the deadly effects of malaria, especially on children, said DeSagana Diop, Center from the Charlotte Bobcats. Its incredible to be part of such an important program that delivers life-saving bed nets directly to families to protect them from malaria. We need to provide a bed net to everyone who needs one. Im proud to be a spokesperson for Nothing But Nets, to join the movement to end malaria by 2015, and to help continue the effort here in Senegal.”

As a founding partner in the Nothing But Nets campaign, NBA Cares has helped Nothing But Nets build a movement to raise more than $ 30 million to send over 3 million bed nets to families in Africa. Teams, players, and fans from the NBA, WNBA, and NBA Development League have supported Nothing But Nets through contributions, in-arena activations, and community-based events.

One of the best defenses we have against malaria is the bed net which costs just $ 10 to deliver to a family in Africa, said Adrianna Logalbo, Director of the UN Foundations Nothing But Nets. We are grateful to NBA Cares for their ongoing commitment to raise awareness about malaria among families in Africa and America and for joining us to distribute life-saving bed nets here in Senegal.

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 NBA Cares, covering Senegal with bed nets will be a key step toward the global goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015 and achieving Millennium Development Goal 4 – reducing child mortality worldwide.

To view photos from the Senegal trip and to receive the latest news and stories of our star supporters, follow Nothing But Nets on Twitter @NothingButNets, and on Facebook http://www.Facebook.com/NothingButNets. For more information, please visit http://www.NothingButNets.net.

BACKGROUND

100% of the 12 million people in Senegal face the deadly risk of malaria, which is responsible for 25% of the deaths in the countrys hospitals. Nothing But Nets, in partnership with NBA Cares and in coordination with the Ministry of Health and U.S. Agency for International Development, plans to deliver 20,000 long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets to protect families in Senegal from malaria.

Every 30 seconds, a child dies in Africa 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.

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 NBA Cares

NBA Cares is the league’s social responsibility initiative that builds on the NBA’s long tradition of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world. Through this umbrella program, the NBA, its teams and players have donated more than $ 115 million to charity, provided more than one million hours of hands-on service to communities around the world, and created more than 440 places where kids and families can live, learn or play. NBA Cares works with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: KaBOOM!, Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, UNICEF, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

About the United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation 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.

Media Contact:

Negin Janati, United Nations Foundation, (202) 378-7858

Jonathan Hammond, NBA, (212) 407-8671

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Singer-Songwriter, and Actress Mandy Moore Distributes Life-Saving Nets in the Central African Republic


Bangui, Central African Republic (Vocus) October 1, 2010

Singer-songwriter, and actress Mandy Moore helped distribute thousands of long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets today to families in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country with one of the highest childhood death rates in the world and where malaria is a primary cause of illness and death. Moore, an Ambassador for PSI (Population Services International), traveled to Africa as part of a trip led by the UN Foundations Nothing But Nets campaign and PSI. The distribution of the life-saving, anti-malaria nets was made possible by Nothing But Nets supporters, and UNICEF, who together answered the UNs urgent call to send a net to every family in CAR.

It was an honor to join this trip to help distribute long-lasting, insecticide-treated nets to help prevent malaria which continues to kill nearly one million people every year, said Mandy Moore. This week Ive met mothers who have lost children to malaria and worry daily about losing others. It is life-changing to be able to give them nets to protect their babies from malaria-carrying mosquitoes while they sleep.

While in CAR, Moore met with families to learn about the devastating effects of malaria and the impact of mosquito nets. She helped the Ministry of Health and UN partners hang the nets and educate families about their proper use. Moore also participated in a local press event to raise awareness about the importance of using life-saving nets.

Moore has been active in the fight against malaria since she first saw its impact in South Sudan last year, on a trip to distribute nets with PSIan experience that inspired her to raise awareness to end malaria deaths. Were on our way to reaching our goal of delivering a net to every family in CAR by the end of the year. Over the next week the partnership will deliver over 400,000 nets, nearly half the amount it will take to fill the gap. It takes just $ 10 to helpI hope more people will join us to make sure these families can sleep safely under an anti-malaria net. Together, we can cover the country.

Nothing But Nets, a global, grassroots campaign to end malaria in Africa, has helped distribute more than 3.5 million long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets in 25 countries across Africa. With the help of Moore and PSI, covering the Central African Republic with mosquito nets will be a key step toward the global goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015.

Malaria is preventable and we are making progress toward bringing an end to malaria deaths in the next five years, said Adrianna Logalbo, Director of Nothing But Nets. We thank Mandy Moore for joining us in the movement to end malaria and helping to raise awareness about the urgency of preventing this deadly disease.

To learn more and to see photos from the trip, please visit http://www.NothingButNets.net. For hi-res photos, please contact Negin Janati at njanati(at)unfoundation(dot)org.

UN Foundations Nothing But Nets Wins Best Fundraising Campaign for Promotion with the NBA and HP


Washington, DC (Vocus) November 4, 2010

The United Nations Foundations Nothing But Nets — a global, grassroots campaign to end malaria in Africa — and the National Basketball Association (NBA) won the PR News Nonprofit PR Award for Best Fundraising Campaign for their Send a Net. Save a Life. See a Game. promotion last December. NBA Cares, a founding partner of Nothing But Nets, and HP helped launch the promotion which gave a pair of tickets to an NBA game for every donation of at least $ 10 to the Nothing But Nets to send life-saving bed nets to protect more than one million refugees in Africa from malaria.

This award is proof of the power of partnerships. The NBA, its teams, players, and fans helped us raise our voice and spread the buzz about sending nets and saving lives, said Adrianna Logalbo, Director of Nothing But Nets. This promotion reached millions and helped send more than 30,000 life-saving bed nets — in just two weeks. Were truly proud of this achievement, and to be recognized with this award.

The award honors non-profit communications initiatives that motivate their supporters to act. Send a Net. Save a Life. See a Game. encouraged NBA fans and Nothing But Nets supporters to send anti-malaria bed nets to displaced families in Africa to help protect them from malaria, the number one killer of refugees on the continent. The program was a unique and exciting way to reward our fans for their continued commitment to our partnership with Nothing But Nets and the fight against malaria, said Tara Gutkowski, Director of Community Relations for the NBA.

The NBA continues its close partnership with Nothing But Nets — this past August, more than 20 NBA players, coaches, and legends helped the campaign distribute 20,000 anti-malaria bed nets in Senegal, West Africa. To see photos from the trip, visit http://www.NothingButNets.net .

BACKGROUND

Every 45 seconds, a child dies from malaria — which is easily prevented through the use of a long-lasting, insecticide-treated 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 insecticide-treated net can protect a family of four, and lasts up to three years. A net costs just $ 10 to purchase, deliver, and to educate the recipient on its proper use.

To date, Nothing But Nets has raised more than $ 33 million to distribute over 3.5 million nets to families throughout Africa.

Nothing But Nets is currently working with singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore, and PSI to send a net to every family who needs one in the Central African Republic, by the end of the year. Malaria is endemic throughout the Central African Republic year-round and is the leading killer of children under the age of five. 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 NBA Cares

NBA Cares is the league’s social responsibility initiative that builds on the NBA’s long tradition of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world. Through this umbrella program, the NBA, its teams and players have donated than $ 145 million to charity, completed more than 1.4 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 525 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play, in 22 countries on five continents. NBA Cares works with internationally recognized youth-serving programs that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes, including: KaBOOM!, Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, UNICEF, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

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 .

About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The worlds largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com .

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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.

MEDIA CONTACTS

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

About UNICEF

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