UN Foundation to Distribute Anti-Malarial Bed Nets on Thailand, Myanmar Border

UN Foundation to Distribute Anti-Malarial Bed Nets on Thailand, Myanmar Border

The United Nations Foundation has announced that it will provide ten thousand anti-malarial bed nets to families living in temporary camps on the border of Thailand and Myanmar.

Through its Nothing But Nets campaign, the UN Foundation will work with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to help protect and assist refugees and other displaced individuals from malaria infections transmitted by mosquitoes. To date, the campaign has distributed more than 700,000 bed nets to children and families in Africa, including 40,000 that were sent to fifteen temporary camps along the Chad-Sudan and Chad-Central African Republic border in July 2007.

"The United Nations Foundation is honored to work with First Lady Laura Bush to deliver these nets so that families can protect themselves from malaria as the rainy season approaches," said Elizabeth McKee Gore, executive director of the campaign. "Internally displaced people and refugees are highly vulnerable to contracting malaria, but we know that these nets will help save lives."