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The importance of using mosquito nets

Mosquito nets save lives. Long-lasting insecticide-treated nets are an effective way of preventing malaria cases, yet only one in four children in Zambia sleep beneath one. 

This is where Innocent Mulonda Mulonda and his fellow community health volunteers, or malaria control agents (MCAs), are making a difference. 

Innocent is the chairperson of Lui River's group of 20 dedicated volunteers helping to tackle malaria.

As well as distributing insecticide-treated nets, the MCAs teach people how to hang them and keep them in good condition. They also educate families on the signs and symptoms of malaria.

All the volunteers are elected by and work within their own communities. This means their position is respected, their advice well received and they are always on hand to help others and provide assistance.

 

In pictures: malaria control agents at work

The photos in this gallery were taken by malaria control agent Kelezo Nganga. With a disposable 35mm film camera, Kelezo has provided a fascinating photographic record of the important work being done by volunteers in Lui River.




To view the gallery full-screen, simply press play and then select the enlarge button on the bottom right. To show the captions, select 'Show info' on the top right.


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