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Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to read some common questions about the Nothing But Nets campaign and to learn how you can get involved.

Why should my synagogue get involved in this effort?

The moral test of any society is how it treats the most vulnerable of God’s children: the elderly and the ill, the widow and the orphan, and above all, the children. Global efforts call upon us to end extreme poverty. Taking action through Nothing But Nets allows us to follow our tradition that states that saving a single life is the equivalent of saving the entire world.

 

How does my $10 donation get to Africa?

Nothing But Nets works with the Measles Initiative to distribute nets to families. The Measles Initiative is a long-term effort to control measles deaths that has successfully delivered more than 200 million vaccinations and other health services to sub-Saharan Africa. The Measles Initiative partners—the American Red Cross, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the United Nations Foundation—have expertise in accessing remote, hard-to-reach areas throughout Africa.

 

How do the bed nets save lives?

Bed nets work in two ways. They stop mosquitoes from biting during the night and spreading the disease, and the insecticide on the nets kills the mosquitoes when they land on them, stopping them from flying on to find their next victim. Bed nets can prevent malaria transmission by 50 percent.

 

Why should I donate money for nets and not vaccinations?

Bed nets, vaccinations, spraying efforts, and water treatment are all important tools. Nets are one of the most effective ways to prevent malaria and are an easy way for individuals to make a difference in combating this disease. At this time there is not a consistently effective malaria vaccine. The parasite Plasmodium, which carries the disease, changes rapidly and can become drug resistant.

 

What other organizations are involved in the campaign?

United Nations Foundation, The People of The United Methodist Church, the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares, and Sports Illustrated, VH1, the Union for Reform Judaism, the Mark J. Gordon Foundation, AOL Black Voices, Rotarians’ Action Group on Malaria, the Wasserman Foundation, and Major League Soccer’s MLS W.O.R.K.S.

 

How much of my donation goes to overhead for the campaign?

None.One-hundred percent of your donation goes directly toward the purchase, distribution, and education about the proper use of an insecticide-treated bed net.

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