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Nothing But Nets campaign instigated by Sports Illustrated


Nothing But Nets is a grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa.

The UN Foundation has been working with the UN to fight malaria for years. However a column that Rick Reilly wrote about malaria in Sports Illustrated led to the creation of the Nothing But Nets campaign. There was an incredible response from thousands of Americans across the country to the initial challenge issued to the readers of Sports Illustrated to donate at least $10 for the purchase of an anti-malaria bed nets.

Bed nets can prevent malaria transmission by 50 percent, and they are distributed through the Measles Initiative—a partnership of the United Nations Foundation, American Red Cross, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and local country governments and ministries of health.

Founding campaign partners for this initiative include the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, The People of the United Methodist Church, and Sports Illustrated. Additionally the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match each donation, net for net.