If COVID-19 has taught us one thing, it’s that global health matters. The health of our neighbors 5 miles away or 5,000 miles away can have a tremendous impact on our own health and well-being. This past year has also reiterated how important it is to actively engage with policymakers so they know about our values and priorities. Lives- both now and in the future- are at stake.
Each year, the Nothing But Nets team brings hundreds of passionate champions together to fight for global health investments to end malaria and build strong and resilient health systems around the world. Amidst a global pandemic, it’s more important than ever for us to keep up this fight to achieve our global goals of a healthier, more equitable world.
That’s why, this year’s NBN21 Leadership Summit and Advocacy Day will take place virtually from Sunday, April 18, 2021 to Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Each day will feature immersive multimedia experiences that will virtually transport you to the Malaria Frontlines from Nigeria to Ecuador. It will feature compelling speakers and useful trainings that will equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to be effective storytellers and advocates. You will learn from experts on the importance of the UN and programs such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and how they have adapted in the battle against malaria and COVID-19.
We’re excited about our full program and would love for you to join for all it- which consists of a few hours (afternoons in EST) on both Sun, April 18 and Mon, April 19, followed by a full virtual advocacy day on Tues, April 20. [That said, we understand lives are busy and the virtual nature allows for some flexibility.] Please let us know when you register if you can join our Advocacy Day on April 20- if so, make sure to register by March 8 so that we can start scheduling your virtual meetings with members of Congress. We’ll be in touch with details but please start by registering and marking your calendar!
Your voice matters! By attending summit and meeting with Members of Congress you will be a leader in the global fight to end malaria. You will be part of the largest grassroots campaign dedicated to ending one of history’s most deadly diseases!
Because of the commitment of Nothing But Nets Champions like you, we have seen Congress renew U.S. leadership and commitment to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). It is because of this commitment, that malaria rates have seen a global reduction of 40%. But that’s not enough. We won’t stop until we end malaria for good.
The NBN21 Leadership Summit will have a new look as a fully virtual event but will still have the same energy and inspiration that you know and love. Although we will miss seeing you in person, we are committed to the health and well-being of all our communities. This year, you will have the unique opportunity of traveling to the frontlines to witness the direct impact of your dedication and connect with other passionate champions safely. We also have some fun surprises that you won’t want to miss!
Throughout the NBN21 Leadership Summit, we will see how malaria programs are implemented and how The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) have been impacted by COVID-19. We will hear from local experts and learn more about how you can connect with Congress to protect life-saving programs like The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).
Since the summit will take place virtually, all you have to do is confirm that we can count on you to meet with your Member of Congress! Register here and we will reach out to get your meeting organized! Virtual meetings with Members of Congress will take place on April 20, 2021 so be sure to mark your calendar.
To see more pictures from last year's event, click here.