Mandy Moore helped distribute thousands of long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets last week to families in the Central African Republic (CAR), a country with one of the highest childhood death rates in the world and where malaria is a primary cause of illness and death.
Moore, an Ambassador for PSI (Population Services International), traveled to Africa as part of a trip led by the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign and PSI. The distribution of the life-saving, anti-malaria nets was made possible by Nothing But Nets supporters, and UNICEF, who together answered the UN’s urgent call to send a net to every family in CAR.
“It was an honor to join this trip to help distribute long-lasting, insecticide-treated nets to help prevent malaria which continues to kill nearly one million people every year,” said Mandy Moore. “This week I’ve met mothers who have lost children to malaria and worry daily about losing others. It is life-changing to be able to give them nets to protect their babies from malaria-carrying mosquitoes while they sleep.”
While in CAR, Moore met with families to learn about the devastating effects of malaria and the impact of mosquito nets. She helped the Ministry of Health and UN partners hang the nets and educate families about their proper use. Moore also participated in a local press event to raise awareness about the importance of using life-saving nets.
Moore has been active in the fight against malaria since she first saw its impact in South Sudan last year, on a trip to distribute nets with PSI—an experience that inspired her to raise awareness to end malaria deaths. “We’re on our way to reaching our goal of delivering a net to every family in CAR by the end of the year. Over the next week the partnership will deliver over 400,000 nets, nearly half the amount it will take to fill the gap. It takes just $10 to help—I hope more people will join us to make sure these families can sleep safely under an anti-malaria net. Together, we can cover the country.”
Nothing But Nets, a global, grassroots campaign to end malaria in Africa, has helped distribute more than 3.5 million long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets in 25 countries across Africa. With the help of Moore and PSI, covering the Central African Republic with mosquito nets will be a key step toward the global goal of ending malaria deaths by 2015.
“Malaria is preventable and we are making progress toward bringing an end to malaria deaths in the next five years,” said Adrianna Logalbo, Director of Nothing But Nets. “We thank Mandy Moore for joining us in the movement to end malaria and helping to raise awareness about the urgency of preventing this deadly disease.”
To learn more and to see photos from the trip, please visit www.NothingButNets.net.