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GhanaRashida Seidu

Rashida volunteers with her local malaria campaign giving out mosquito nets and sharing malaria education in her community. Rashida is 22 years old and from Dromankuma in Ghana’s Ashanti Region. She’s just completed senior high school and hopes to train to become a teacher. She has also been volunteering with a local malaria campaign giving out mosquito nets and sharing malaria education in her community.

This campaign, which we supported with your help, has provided every home in the area with mosquito nets, helping to take Ghana even closer towards its goal of covering every home in the country with mosquito nets.

Rashida is 22 and from Dromankuma in Ghana’s Ashanti Region. She’s just completed senior high school and hopes to train to become a teacher. Since starting volunteering, Rashida found out she was pregnant and here she tells us why she got involved with this campaign:

Malaria used to affect my mother very badly, she suffered a lot, so when I heard about the net distribution campaign, I wanted to help out and stop others from suffering like my mother did. I now sleep under a mosquito net and so does my mother thanks to this campaign. The nets are a great help and now we have peace of mind when we sleep at night, knowing we are protected from malaria.

I have seen many positive changes through my work as a volunteer. Before the mosquito nets came to our community there was a lot of malaria sickness but now there is so much less as people sleep under the nets and it

I make sure I sleep under my net every night as I know that malaria affects pregnant women more than others and I want to protect my baby.

has helped reduce malaria. It has not completely gone away but it is so much better.

What I didn’t know when I volunteered last year is that I am soon going to become a mother myself! I am now six months pregnant. I make sure I sleep under my net every night as I know that malaria affects pregnant women more than others and I want to protect my baby. I have also been taking all my antenatal care, including medication to help prevent me and my baby suffering from malaria during my pregnancy. This is something every pregnant woman at risk from malaria should take.

When I was at the antenatal clinic they gave me a scan of my baby, they think it is a girl but are not sure. I am very excited to meet my baby and hope that she will be healthy and happy. I will make sure she sleeps protected under a net too.

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