In a podcast featured exclusively on the Nothing But Nets campaign website (www.nothingbutnets.net), Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly thanks the more than 17,000 individuals who responded to his May 5th column about malaria prevention with over $1.2 million in donations. In a just a few months, the UN Foundation and Rick Reilly together raised enough money to buy more than 100,000 insecticide treated nets to prevent malaria. The nets purchased will be distributed in Nigeria this fall. As Rick Reilly said in his podcast, “How sweet is that?”
Every 30 seconds an African child dies from a malaria infection transmitted by a mosquito bite. Every day 25 million pregnant African women risk severe illness and harm to their unborn children from a malaria infection. Malaria can be prevented through a simple, inexpensive measure: sleeping each night under a net treated with insecticides that kill mosquitoes or stop them from biting.
To listen to Reilly’s podcast or to learn more about Nothing But Nets, visit www.nothingbutnets.net.