FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
GLOBAL HEALTH QUILTING CHALLENGE LAUNCHED
Washington, D.C., July 20, 2009 – The Global Fund and the United States Mission to the United Nations in Geneva are calling on quilters to reflect the global health challenges facing children around the world through a quilting challenge. To raise awareness about the work of the Global Fund, the U.S. Mission to Geneva has initiated a challenge with the theme “Making a Healthier World for our Children.” Submitted quilts will be displayed at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, this November.
“This quilting challenge is a great opportunity to galvanize the U.S. quilting community around the critical issue of children’s health,” said Friends of the Global Fight President Natasha Bilimoria. “As we learned from the AIDS Memorial Quilt project, quilting can be educational and inspirational. The awareness raised through this challenge can really further the work of organizations like the Global Fund.”
The Global Fund supports programs that keep children healthy. Malaria accounts for one in five of all childhood deaths in Africa; to address this problem, the Global Fund has financed the distribution of 88 million insecticide-treated nets to date to keep children safe from malaria. AIDS also threatens young children. In sub-Saharan Africa, 12 million children have been orphaned because of AIDS; with Global Fund financing, however, 3.7 million orphans and vulnerable children have been provided with basic care and support. Additionally, the Global Fund has provided 537,000 doses of medicine to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS from a pregnant mother to her child.
The quilt exhibition at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva this November will coincide with the annual United Nations Women’s Guild Fundraising Bazaar. Each year thousands of visitors from the city’s large international community attend this bazaar, which features arts, crafts and products from nearly 190 nations. Proceeds from the bazaar go to support children’s health and education-related projects around the world. After the quilts appear on display at the UN, the exhibit will tour the United States for display at various quilt shows, and contributed quilts and the names of their generous donors will remain on display on the QuiltChallenge.org Web site.
For more information on the quilting project and to learn how to submit your own quilt, please visit www.quiltchallenge.org and the project’s Facebook page, accessible via the Web site.
FRIENDS OF THE GLOBAL FIGHT AGAINST AIDS, TUBERCULOSIS AND MALARIA
Friends of the Global Fight works to educate, engage and mobilize American decision makers to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the fight to end the worldwide burden of these three diseases. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit www.TheGlobalFight.org.
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