Not all superheroes wear capes
Christian Aid has bought the MCAs various things, including T-shirts, identity cards and trousers.
Malaria Control Agents are thought of as heroes in their communities. Across Africa, they and other volunteers give their time for free to help fight the deadly disease.
And in Zambia, their distinctive blue uniforms are essential for their life-saving work.
Malaria control agents, or MCAs, are just some of many health volunteers in Africa who provide remote communities with essential knowledge about malaria prevention.
They also distribute the chemically treated mosquito nets that generous supporters like you help to send.
The work of an MCA
When an MCA arrives at a home with a net or some urgent advice about malaria, the family living there will know from the distinctive uniform that the MCA can be trusted.
Katie Malumo, a malaria control programme manager, says, 'Christian Aid has bought the MCAs various things, including T-shirts, identity cards and trousers. Communities are able to identify them through those items as the people who are bringing knowledge to them.'
MCAs have to trek long distances across sandy, muddy ground to reach the isolated communities who need them. That's why, as part of an MCA's uniform, we provide them with durable shoes, so that even the harshest terrain won't stop them from carrying out their life-saving work.
Thank you for your support
However, vital items such as uniforms, training and nets for volunteers like the MCAs across Africa all cost money. That's why I hope you will continue to support Nets Now! helping to save lives just like our MCAs.