The whole population of Kenya is at risk of contracting and dying from malaria but many people in rural areas don’t know about this killer disease that affects their daily lives. Information on prevention techniques and symptom awareness is the sort of education that the Malaria No More UK and PATH project delivered through the training of community health workers.
Alice Auma Xsain is 41 years old and she makes a living as a farmer but seeing the positive impact of the health workers in her community, she decided to also become one and joined the project. “I have learned so many things about malaria. In fact, I am an expert! They call me doctor in the community.” Alice is now balancing her life as a farmer with door-to-door visits around her village to check for malaria symptoms, provide medicines, and recommend the best prevention methods: “In the morning I do work on my little farm, then I go and see patients in the households and treat them.”
The community is very enthusiastic about the help they receive and its positive outcomes: “Malaria is a big problem here, but since we have been treating people the cases of malaria have been drastically reduced.” On a personal level, Alice is very proud of the knowledge she has gained through the project: “I was so happy to be part of this project".
Malaria No More UK is inspiring the global support and investment needed to make sure that communities at risk have more “malaria experts” like Alice who can help end malaria for good.