Bishop Huie of Houston announced the People of the United Methodist Church’s commitment to sending bed nets to areas in need, specifically including Côte d’Ivoire, on Sept. 27 during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. Huie attended the gathering in New York as a representative of the people of The United Methodist Church, a founding partner of the Nothing But Nets.
The Clinton Initiative, headed by former President Bill Clinton, recognizes businesses, individuals and other organizations for their commitments to improving global health, fighting poverty, reversing global warming and improving education.
As part of the initiative’s third annual meeting, Huie received a certificate, presented by U.S. Centers for Disease Control director Dr. Julie Gerberding, recognizing the United Methodist Church’s pledge to fight malaria. During the conference, Bishop Huie also met with the founder of CNN, and philanthropist, Ted Turner, whose donation launched the UN Foundation. Bishop Huie thanked Turner for his commitment to humanitarian causes, especially the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign.
Also on the program was Ann Veneman, executive director of UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. Veneman said the use of bed nets for children has proven one of the most cost-effective ways to prevent malaria. “For about $10 or less per net, you can provide a child the kind of protection that he or she needs,” she said.