Canadian NGO Donates Bednets to Liberia

Wednesday, 28th March 2007
President Sirleaf and executives of Spread The Net.
President Sirleaf and executives of Spread The Net.
Photo Credit: Public Affairs & IT/Executive Mansion
Monrovia, Liberia - An order is being placed in Canada for 33-thousand anti-malaria bed nets to protect Liberian children against the disease; Officials of a local Canadian non-governmental organization, Spread the Net, have announced. Executives of the Organization made the announcement when they met with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday in Gatineau, Canada.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the President applauded the people of Canada for their efforts to help Liberiaís fight against the deadly disease. Malaria, President Johnson Sirleaf noted, is the number one killer of children in Africa and the number one killer of children under five in Liberia. The Liberian leader said the bed-nets will make a tremendous difference in increasing the number of children protected from malaria-carrying mosquitoes while they sleep. The President described Spread the Net as a tremdous initiative and thanked all contributors to the program.
Speaking earlier, Spread the Net Co-Founder, Belinda Stronach, said the organization is a grassroots effort and added that the purchase of 33,000 bed nets for Liberia is a great start. The President of the United Nations Childrenís Fund (UNICEF) in Canada, Nigel Fisher, said Canada is particularly proud to be able to support President Johnson-Sirleaf governmentís work to save childrenís lives.

The President is on an official visit to Canada where she is rallying support for debt relief and the countryís development agenda.