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The Sage Hillel famously challenges us with the questions, “If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” (Pirkei Avot 1:14).

Shelby Friedman

With the Olympics having begun last week in Brazil, we are extra-aware of the threat of Zika.

Rachel Landman

In January, world leaders launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, pro

Rachel Landman

This September, representatives from 193 countries gathered at the United Nations to adopt global goals

Rachel Landman

This Saturday, June 20, is World Refugee Day. According to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention, a refugee is someone who fled his or her home and country due to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.” Many refugees are also in exile to escape the effects of natural or human-made disasters.

Two weeks ago, on April 25, the global community celebrated World Malaria Day, a day when advocates around the world raised awareness and took action to end malaria. Leading up to the day, a number of champions in the fight against malaria, including three of our college fellows, shared their stories on the RAC blog. We were also thrilled to celebrate World Malaria Day at Consultation on Conscience, the Reform Jewish Movement’s flagship public policy conference which began the day after World Malaria Day.

By Isabella Merritt

As I sat in Congressmen Jim McDermott's office waiting to meet him, I was extremely nervous. I was about to have a meeting with someone who had served my district for 26 years to ask if he would speak to students at American University about the importance of fighting malaria. This was a big deal. Before I moved to Washington D.C. I had no idea I would ever set-up a meeting with a member of Congress. This meeting would have never happened if it wasn't for my fellowship with the United Nations Foundation Nothing But Nets campaign and the Religious Action Center. Over the past year and a half, my fellowship with these two organizations has evolved from an extracurricular activity to a true passion. 

Next Saturday, April 25, is World Malaria Day, a day when advocates and citizens across the globe will raise awareness and take action to end malaria. In honor of this important day, a number of champions in the fight against malaria have shared their stories.

By Dan Skallman

Before I joined the Nothing But Nets team, I lived and worked in a rural farming community in eastern Senegal. Although nearly everyone I worked with was a farmer, one topic of conversation in the community was even more prevalent than the coming harvest – malaria.

Farmers, who make up around 65 percent of the African workforce, know the dangers of malaria better than most people. They perform work that is dependent on heavy rains – rains that can bring a bountiful harvest, but also the pervasive threat of malaria-carrying mosquitoes. If these communities don’t have access to high quality insecticide-treated bednets, the threat to their health and safety is critical.