OTTAWA, Dec. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Namugenyi Kiwanuka, former MuchMusic VJ
and host of Rogers Sportsnet's NBA XL, is participating in the Canadian Red
Cross distribution of over 1.8 million mosquito nets in Mali from December
13-19. These efforts are part of a larger national health campaign with other
international partners for children under 5.
Kiwanuka knows all too well the devastating effects of malaria. While
working in Sierra Leone last year, she contracted malaria and nearly died from
the disease. In October 2007, Kiwanuka joined the Canadian Red Cross to help
increase the awareness of malaria in Canada and how easily it can be
"Malaria almost cost me my life," says Kiwanuka. "It's frustrating
knowing that children who are most at risk do not have access to preventative
measures or safe treatments. What happened to me, happened for a reason and
through my story I'm hoping that Canadians will want to help make a
Since 2003, the Canadian Red Cross has delivered over three million nets
to children in seven of the most malaria-prone countries in Africa.
Long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets form a protective barrier
around families at night and kill malaria-carrying mosquitoes on contact.
Children under five have little or no immunity to the disease and are
most at risk. A child can die of malaria within 24 hours of being bitten by a
mosquito. Malaria is the leading cause of death for children under five in
Africa, killing 3,000 children every day.
KIWANUKA IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS FROM MALI UNTIL
SHE WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS IN THE TORONTO-AREA:
WHEN: December 19-21, 2007
TIME: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
WHERE: 1623 Yonge Street
PHOTOS AND VIDEO ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
For further information:
For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Canadian Red Cross Media Line, (613) 740-1994, firstname.lastname@example.org,