WASHINGTON - The people of The United Methodist Church and Nothing But Nets - a global, grassroots campaign to prevent malaria - announced in December that the Rev. Gary Henderson, executive director of the Global Health Initiative, traveled to Mali, Africa as part of a United Nations Foundation and Nothing But Nets delegation to observe the distribution of more than two million long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets to children and their families.
Nothing But Nets campaign supporters funded 133,000 of the bed nets that were distributed Dec. 13-19 as part of the largest integrated health campaign in Mali, where malaria is a leading cause of death for children under five years of age. By the end of the integrated health campaign, all children under five will be protected by an insecticide-treated net.
"We've seen such support and generosity for this campaign from United Methodist congregations, youth groups and individuals. To be able to see the end result - distributing nets to families at risk - is extremely gratifying," said Henderson. "Observing the cooperative efforts of all of the organizations involved in the health campaign to bring better health to children in Mali also will be helpful as we seek to build on the denomination's long standing focus on health ministries and to expand those efforts."
The integrated health campaign was organized and implemented by the Malian Ministry of Health, in collaboration with Measles Initiative and other international partners. As part of this integrated health campaign, more than 2.8 million children under the age of five also receives vaccinations against polio and measles, Vitamin A supplementation and de-worming medication.
Nothing But Nets, a project of the United Nations Foundation, is a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by delivering long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets to those most in need. A $10 donation covers the cost to purchase and distribute a bed net and educate the recipient on its proper use.
To date, the Campaign has engaged more than 60,000 individuals, raised more than $16 million and distributed more than 700,000 nets in 2007.
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