Teaching Young People to Lead in the Fight Against Malaria


February 22, 2016

There’s hardly anything more inspiring than watching young people lead. This week, the Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, D.C., is a buzz as young leaders and seasoned activists meet to discuss creative ideas to campaign and communicate on the eradication of malaria at the Nothing But Nets Champion Summit.

Picture of Abby Wambach at the Champion Summit

Abby Wambach taking a selfie with attendees from the Champion Summit. Learn more on Nothing But Net’s new Instagram account.

The inspiration from the conference floor is palpable as speakers from around the world share their stories of how malaria has impacted them personally. From heart-wrenching stories of children lost to beautiful journeys of survival, the summit is covering the range of issues surrounding the wide-reaching impact of malaria.

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Conference tables are packed with more than 125 youth advocates from around the U.S., a group of future grassroots activists who have equally incredible stories to tell and questions to ask.

Currently in the middle of the three-day summit, attendees have already heard from champions such as Thon Chol, a refugee advocate and malaria survivor, and Abby Wambach, FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion.

“Everyone in this room is a thinker, and an innovator, of this generation,” said Wambach at the keynote address. “Sometimes empowerment means you have to take the back seat to let the younger people lead.”

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The summit is still happening now! Watch Abby Wambach’s keynote address on Periscope and tune into #ChampionSummit on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. You can also show your support of Nothing But Nets by donating to their campaign.

Lead photo of the Bottles for Bednets team, a group of young people united to raise money for bednets by collecting bottles. Photo courtesy Malaria Free World

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