BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group

BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group

April 23, 2008 08:00 ET

Canadian Nurses Association Endorses BUY-A-NET at World Malaria Day Commemoration; Grassroots Group Rallies Canadians to Prevent Malaria-Related Deaths in Africa

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)) has announced its official endorsement of the BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group, today acknowledging the group's important contribution towards the prevention of malaria-related deaths in Africa, one village at a time. Despite the progression of modern medicine, malaria continues to haunt over 40% of the world's population, infecting more than 500 million people per year, and killing over 1 million. Malaria is the leading cause of death among children in Africa, taking a child's life every 30 seconds.

CNA's endorsement, which coincides with World Malaria Day (April 25th), officially recognizes the efforts of the Kingston-based organization that has worked to provide bed nets and anti-malaria medication to villages in Uganda since its inception in 2004. In Kingston, World Malaria Day will officially be recognized with a commemorative Public Open House on Friday, April 25th, from 1:00 pm - 3:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall housed within Kingston's City Hall. Lefebvre will be joined by Mayor Harvey Rosen, Senator Hugh Segal, Dr. June Webber of the Canadian Nurses Association, and the Ugandan High Commissioner, H.E. George Abola.

"The Canadian Nurses Association endorses and salutes the contributions of BUY-A-NET as a direct mechanism for the prevention of malaria deaths in Uganda," said Marlene Smadu, President of CNA. "Canada's nurses play an important role in strengthening global health and I congratulate the team at BUY-A-NET for their leadership in bringing forward solutions to addressing a deadly disease that affects millions."

"This endorsement is important on two levels," noted Debra Lefebvre, Founder of BUY-A-NET. "As a Registered Nurse myself, it is an incredible honour to have the efforts of BUY-A-NET recognized by the Canadian Nurses Association. CNA's reputation as a leader in global health and equity issues is exemplary and well known. More importantly, I think it acts as official recognition of a very real problem that people on this side of the world can easily do something about with a bed net which costs only $6.00. Malaria is a preventable and treatable disease that has been allowed to become a global health crisis. Bed nets save lives. It's so simple. This endorsement is an example of the collaboration that must take place on community, local, national, regional and international levels if this fight is going to be won."

"This is what World Malaria Day is all about," continued Lefebvre, "It is a day of determination, optimism and hope because we know that the incidence of malaria related deaths is drastically reduced by as high as 95% with the use of insecticide treated bed nets. It is an opportunity for malaria-free countries to join in the global partnership against malaria. It is a day to make the world care."

The CNA is the professional voice of nursing in Canada. It is a federation of 11 provincial and territorial professional nursing associations. It has a 30-year history of advancing the nursing profession internationally through a program that focuses on strengthening nursing leadership capacity in resource-poor countries.

BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group is Canada's first volunteer citizen-driven, charitable organization that seeks to prevent deaths from malaria in Africa one country at a time. The nation of Uganda was chosen as the first target country of the campaign, whose slogan "6 Bucks, BUY-A-NET, Save a life" provides advocacy and awareness about malaria as well as raises much needed 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 free of charge, one village at a time. and to-date it has installed approximately 25,000 anti-malaria nets. A donation of $6.00 will purchase a long lasting insecticide treated net, for a donation of $350.00 an entire African village can be netted. Donations can be made to BUY-A-NET through its website, ( or by cheque directly to the organization located out of Kingston, Ontario.

Contact Information

  • BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group
    Debra Lefebvre
    (613) 542-1264 or (613) 539-2945 (cell)
    Email: debra@
    Canadian Nurses Association
    Tina Grznar
    Communications Specialist
    (613) 237-2159 Ext. 283 or (613) 266-0306