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September 21, 2009

Mandy Moore's Work with the Global Fund

Mandy Moore on assignment with PSI's Five & Alive FundMandy Moore on assignment with PSI's Five & Alive Fund

by Beata Santora

About this same time last year, during the 2008 World Savers Congress, Ashley Judd left us speechless by showing how PUR water purification sachets can turn even the foulest sludge into clean drinking water. Her remarkable efforts in Rwanda brought PUR to local communities and opened our eyes to the extreme need for organizations like the Conde Nast Traveler's Five & Alive Fund.

This year, another powerful woman took the World Savers stage. Singer/actress Mandy Moore has been tirelessly working with the Global Fund, distributing anti-malarial mosquito nets in an effort to eradicate HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis in the Sudan.

"Being part of the net distribution was the most humbling experience of my life," said Moore.

Moore described an encounter with a mother in the Sudan whose life was forever changed by receiving one of these free nets. After being constantly ill with fever, her children are now malaria-free and their mother has since dedicated herself to promoting the nets to other women in her community.

"The travel and entertainment industries are so powerful, so influential" said Mandy, " they can inspire real change."

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