Even though everyone in Ghana is at risk from malaria, no one in Talata’s family used to own a mosquito net, meaning they slept unprotected at night when malaria carrying mosquitoes bite most.
Talata Mohammed is a working mum who lives in central Ghana’s Ashanti region with her family including three adults and four children aged one, two, five and ten. Talata is a farmer and earns her living from crops she grows and sells locally.
We know that malaria can kill so it is important for everybody in the household to sleep under a net every night
Thanks to a recent mosquito net distribution, supported by Malaria No More UK, Talata and her family now have enough nets to protect everyone in their home. Before the net distribution, Talata’s daughter, Zuweyera, developed a high fever, her body ached and she had a painful headache. She knew her illness could be serious and went quickly to a nearby health facility where she was tested and treated for malaria. Even though she sought early treatment, it still took her two weeks to fully recover which meant she could not continue with her work as a seamstress and lost vital income.
Following the net distribution, Talata told us: “We know that malaria can kill so it is important for everybody in the household to sleep under a net every night”