Washington, D.C - On March 10, Union students and Nothing But Nets Champions (Alfred David, Andrew David, Jazshua Andes, and Jazon Andes) headed to Capitol Hill to personally meet with Senator Cory Booker and Congressman Tom Malinowski to discuss the fight against malaria. The United Nations Nothing But Nets campaign is made up of hundreds of thousands of supporters dedicated to fighting malaria. Over half of the world's population is at risk of contracting malaria, which is a mosquito-borne disease causing more than 400,000 deaths per year mainly among children. Unfortunately, one child still dies every two minutes from this preventable and treatable disease.
Alfred David, a student at Hannah Caldwell Elementary school, led the opening discussions with Senator Booker and Congressman Malinowski. He explained why this advocacy is important to him and why it is not acceptable that children die of malaria before they even reach his young age of seven.
Andrew David, a student at Burnet Middle School, went on to speak about the importance of preventing epidemics abroad, which protects Americans at home and saves millions of US taxpayer dollars. He also noted that diseases have no borders as recently proven by the coronavirus-19.
In closing, Jazshua Andes and Jazon Andes, current and previous students of Union High School, thanked the House of Representatives and Senate for their continued bipartisan support of programs like the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) and the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and asked for their continued support to save at least an additional 16 million lives and curb three epidemics.
Senator Cory Booker recognized the young advocates great work as young leaders of NJ and confirmed his support of the Global Fund.
Congressman Tom Malinowski shared his travel experiences to South Africa and acknowledged the need of insecticide treated bednets for protection. He said he was inspired by these young leaders and confirmed his support.
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