Rick Mercer talks World Malaria Day. Help #SpreadtheNet and join Rick in the fight against malaria.
TORONTO, April 25, 2014 /CNW/ - You would think the world's deadliest
creature would be larger than a paper clip. It's not, according to Plan
Canada. This World Malaria Day, Plan Canada's Spread the Net campaign is educating Canadians on the deadly nature of the mosquito
and the global fight against malaria.
"We're all terrified of shark attacks, grizzly bears and snakes," says
Rick Mercer, Plan Canada's Spread the Net ambassador and co-founder of
the campaign. "But the mosquito is actually the deadliest creature in
the world. Each year, fatal diseases spread by mosquitoes kill 2
million people across the globe. Over 627,000 of these deaths are due
to malaria, a deadly but preventable disease that kills one child every
Malaria is a preventable disease transmitted to humans through the bite
of an infected mosquito. 90% of malaria-related deaths occur in Africa,
mostly among children under the age of five. An insecticide-treated bed
net is the most effective way of preventing malaria, and one bed net
can protect two people for up to three years. Since 2007, Spread the
Net has provided over 563,000 long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets
to children and their families across Africa, protecting the lives of
some 2.5 million children and adults.
"We've made remarkable progress in the global fight against malaria,"
says Rosemary McCarney, Plan Canada President and CEO. "Since 2000, the
number of people dying from malaria around the world has fallen by 42%,
saving an estimated 3.3 million lives. 90% of those lives saved, 3
million, were children under the age of five. That's a global success
story that speaks to the effectiveness of bed nets and other malaria
prevention activities. And yet, each minute, a child is still dying from this preventable disease, so we need to keep fighting."
April 25th is World Malaria Day. On this day each year, people around the world take part in a wide
range of activities to draw attention to the deadly nature of malaria
and call for action to prevent the disease.
Canadians are urged to join the global fight against malaria and to take
action by donating a $10 bed net to a family in Africa. Visit Plan
Canada's Spread the Net campaign at spreadthenet.ca or join the conversation online at #spreadthenet
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international development agencies, working in partnership with
millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for
profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has
only one agenda: to improve the lives of children. Because I am a Girl is Plan's global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls'
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About Spread the Net
Spread the Net is a grassroots campaign led by Plan Canada designed to
motivate, educate and inspire Canadians to help end preventable malaria
deaths by raising funds and awareness to support the distribution of
bed nets to children and families in Africa. Spread the Net was founded
in 2006 by Belinda Stronach, P.C., and Rick Mercer. Visit spreadthenet.ca for more information.
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