Several members of Hamilton’s Global Health Organization (GHO) met with Colleen Deacon, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Central New York regional director, on April 29 in Syracuse, N.Y. Students at the meeting were Rachel Landman ’15, Abigail Armstrong ’15 and Morgan Lane ’16.
The group discussed what the GHO has done to raise awareness and money for malaria prevention and ways Sen. Gillibrand can join in the organization’s efforts. They asked for continued support of funding for the President’s Malaria Initiative and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis, and also asked for Sen. Gillibrand to co-sign the World Malaria Day resolution.
Throughout the year, the GHO has worked to raise awareness about and money for the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets malaria prevention campaign. This year, in the organization’s second year in partnership with Nothing But Nets, the GHO raised $2,000 to send 200 nets through a 3v3 basketball tournament.
Most recently, the GHO held a “Bottles for Bed Nets” drive during which more than 1,000 bottles were collected. The money raised allowed the organization to donate 30 bed nets on World Malaria Day on April 25.