The strength of the Canadian Red Cross malaria prevention program is largely based on the work of volunteers from local Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies where net distributions take place.
Since 2003, the Canadian Red Cross has trained 25,000 volunteers in Africa. These volunteers are part of the communities they serve, speak the local languages and understand the cultural barriers that may prevent nets from being used. Volunteers are trained to ensure that families receiving nets hang them correctly and use them effectively. Long after net distribution, they continue to provide malaria prevention information in their communities.
Photo Gallery: A Day in the life of a Red Cross volunteer – pre-campaign Cross River State, Nigeria, December 2008
Togolese Red Cross volunteer helping to save lives in her community
Nam Kiwanuka, Ambassador, Malaria Bites Campaign
Malagasy Red Cross volunteer profile: Tefinanandry
Sierra Leone Red Cross Volunteer: Japwepwe Macarthy
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Thousands of Red Cross volunteers travel across the country to ensure that even the most remote communities receive bed nets.
Volunteer Lois Lahai from the Sierra Leone Red Cross follows up with a family to ensure proper use of their new bed net.
Togolese Red Cross volunteers sing and play music for the residents of Momo village to create enthusiasm about the upcoming integrated health campaign.