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Nothing But Nets, Gavin DeGraw and Tom Cavanagh Help Save Lives in Uganda
Date:3/11/2009

Singer and 'Trust Me' actor partner with Nothing But Nets to deliver bed nets to refugee camp in Uganda

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 11, 2009 -- The United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign, a global, grassroots initiative to prevent malaria, is teaming up with Platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw and television star Tom Cavanagh for an upcoming goodwill mission to provide long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets to the Nakivale refugee camp in Uganda, where more than 40,000 refugees are currently settled. DeGraw and Cavanagh will visit the camp and distribute nets along with the representatives from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) from March 8-13.

"I am really looking forward to this trip," said DeGraw. "After being driven from their homes due to violent conflict, millions of refugees in Africa now face another harrowing threat, malaria. These bed nets can help stop the suffering faced by so many."

Over 630,000 African refugees have been displaced due to the spreading crisis in Darfur and other regional crises. As the next rainy season approaches, those living in refugee camps - the majority of whom are women and children - are now threatened by malaria.

"Malaria is the number one killer of refugees in Africa," said Cavanagh. "I am proud that Gavin and I are able to bring attention to a simple remedy - a $10 bed net - to this devastating problem."

UNHCR has recognized an immediate and urgent need for 275,000 long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets for refugees living in 27 refugee camps in Uganda, Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania, where the malaria burden is highest among African camps.
   
"Refugees in these camps have survived losing their homes, violence and genocide - they should not then die of a mosquito bite," said Nothing But Nets E
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