Carleton University students are spreading the word about spreading the nets through a campaign intended to save lives in a poverty-stricken area of Uganda.
Carleton’s East African Students’ Association’s (CEASA) Anti-Malaria Campaign, which officially kicks off Feb. 1, aims to raise $7,400 to buy life-saving mosquito nets for a village in the Mubende district of Uganda.
The dollars raised would potentially buy more than 600 nets — which cost 20,000 Ugandan shillings, or $12 Canadian each — for the village of 646 people.
Mosquito nets help prevent malaria, said CEASA president Emily Rubomboras.
“Globally, malaria kills over three times the number HIV kills,” she said. “The difference is, malaria is treatable. All they need are nets and they’re good to go.”
The association is working with His Nets, an anti-malaria organization that will match donations dollar for dollar. Students are planning several events, including a fundraising dinner, a bake sale and car washes.
While malaria affects everyone living in swampy areas where the disease is prevalent, pregnant women and children are most affected, Rubomboras said. And the nets are an affordable means of saving lives.
“It’s nothing,” she said. “It’s two McDonald’s meals, coffee for a week or one dinner. It’s not that much to pay.”
The campaign is one of many ant-malaria campaigns, including Spread the Net, happening at universities Canada-wide.