BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group

BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group

October 24, 2007 08:00 ET

Buy-A-Net Malaria Prevention Group Invited to Parliament Hill Buy-A-Net Campaign Goes to Ottawa

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2007) - Debra Lefebvre, Founder, BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group (BAN), today announced that BUY-A-NET has been invited to Parliament Hill for a "Parli-A-Net" reception, Tuesday, October 30th, 2007.

Hosted by The Honourable Peter Milliken, M.P. (Kingston and the Islands), and Speaker of the House of Commons, the "Parli-A-Net" reception will bring together the High Commissioner of Uganda, His Excellency George Marino Abola, Members of Parliament, other dignitaries, invited guests, and volunteers of BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group to highlight and recognize the measures taken by BUY-A-NET for controlling malaria.

The BUY-A-NET campaign was launched in 2004 and is the first Canadian grassroots citizen driven initiative aimed at malaria prevention. The campaign raises awareness about malaria, as well as funds for the procurement of long lasting insecticide treated bed nets and anti-malaria medicine. In partnership with community based groups, the nets are distributed one village at a time, free-of-charge.

"This reception is most gratifying for us at BUY-A-NET, as it is recognition of both the work and the success of this grassroots organization. Taking the message about BUY-A-NET to Parliament Hill is a wonderful opportunity to help bring attention to the efforts of Canadians who are saving lives in Africa from malaria, one village at a time," said Lefebvre. "In Uganda, we are known as the Canadians who give mosquito nets and anti-malaria medicines free of charge. We are so proud of this as we feel that in the work that we do, we are ambassadors for this best of all countries."

With the slogan - 6 BUCKS, BUY-A-NET, SAVE A LIFE - BUY-A-NET'S only goal is to prevent deaths from malaria in Uganda. BUY-A-NET is helping Canadians make a difference in the war on malaria. Spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, malaria is the single leading cause of death among children in Africa, taking a child's life every 30 seconds. Malaria is highly preventable with the use of a bed net, and it is also 100% treatable. "Nobody - absolutely nobody - needs to die from malaria," reports Lefebvre. "Yet it takes more than one million young lives every year. That's 3,000 children every day!"

Long lasting insecticide treated bed nets are the most efficient and cost-effective way to protect deaths from malaria. Approved by WHO, the nets cost $6.00, last up to five years, and can protect an entire family. "For the cost of a grande latte or a few cups of coffee, Canadians can save lives. It doesn't cost a lot of money to save a life from malaria," said Lefebvre. "Imagine the hope and promise that Canadians would bring to Africa if we all gave up that cup of coffee."

Contact Information

  • BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group
    Debra Lefebvre
    (613) 542-1264