Millicent Agola lives in a small village in the Kisumu area, Kenya. She makes a living selling the vegetables she grows in her small farm, but she spends most of her time volunteering as a community health worker raising awareness about malaria and providing information to prevent the disease.
Through a project funded by Malaria No More UK , Millicent received training on malaria and she is now well equipped to detect the symptoms, provide medication, and educate her patients through house-to-house visits. “Now the community know the importance of sleeping under nets, and they clear the bushes around their houses, so mosquitoes don't breed near them.”
When treating malaria, time is key and getting the right medication as soon as possible might save a life. So, when the nearest health clinic is miles away and no transport is available, the work of community health volunteers like Millicent can be life-saving: “When the project was not here, the line was very long, and it took more time to treat patients. So, people wasted a lot of time walking to the clinic and walking back. With this project, if you are sick you just come to me and I treat you. Or I go to you!”
Like Millicent, we’re determined to end the threat of malaria. We’re inspiring the global support and resources needed to make sure that community health workers like Millicent can protect and educate their neighbours, until one day - malaria is no more.