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The United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets Campaign Partners with Esri to Combat Malaria
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Global smart-mapping leader Esri has partnered with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign in the fight against malaria.

Malaria claims the life of a child every two minutes, despite being both preventable and treatable. Recently, Nothing But Nets created a story map using Esri’s ArcGIS platform to help people learn more about malaria. The campaign is designed to raise awareness, funds, and voices to protect families from the disease. The new story map shares the work of the campaign, the progress against malaria and the path forward towards eradication, as well as providing a clear call to action for people interested in joining the fight against the vector-borne disease.

“Technology can be an excellent tool in the fight against malaria,” said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, director of Nothing But Nets. “We are thrilled to partner with Esri to use their software to teach people why and how we work to fight this disease—and how to get involved.”

Esri and Nothing But Nets will unveil their partnership in San Francisco at TechCrunch Disrupt SF this September. The two organizations will launch an app challenge using Esri software and data from Nothing But Nets and Esri.

“We are honored to be working with Nothing But Nets on such an important issue,” said David Gadsden, nonprofit program manager at Esri. “A large part of Esri’s mission is to make a positive impact on people and the world around us. There are no better issues to tackle right now than those of malaria and other vector-borne illnesses.”

For more information on how Esri helps nonprofits visit esri.com/sustainable-development.

About Nothing But Nets

Now in its tenth year, Nothing But Nets is a global campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a disease which claims the life of a child every two minutes. Inspired by sports columnist Rick Reilly, hundreds of thousands of people have joined the campaign that was created by the United Nations Foundation in 2006. Nothing But Nets has raised $60 million to help deliver nearly ten million bed nets to families in need, along with other crucial malaria interventions. In addition to raising funds for its UN partners, Nothing But Nets raises awareness and voices to advocate for critical malaria funding for the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. It only costs $10 to help save lives from this deadly disease. Visit http://www.nothingbutnets.net/ to defeat malaria.
 




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