Twelve-year-old Aisha Ali really is a well prepared scout. True to the motto of the Scouting movement – 'be prepared' - she is one of more than 21,000 scouts from over 1,000 schools in Kenya who are taking part in a project aimed at preventing the spread of malaria.
"I've always wanted to help others, so joining my school's scouting club gave me great pride." says Aisha. "When this project was introduced in January 2010, I was very excited at the opportunity to serve my community."
Supported by UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and undertaken in partnership with the Government of Kenya's Division of Malaria Control, the Kenya Scouts Association and Population Services International (PSI) Kenya, the project aims to save the lives of Kenyans living in 36 malaria-prone districts by ensuring people sleep inside well tucked-in, insecticide treated mosquito nets every night, the whole year round.
Members of Kenya Scout clubs in the affected districts 'adopted' some 150,000 homes - equivalent to around 675,000 people - to teach them how to properly hang and use bednets, to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
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Country: Africa - Eastern, Kenya
Health Areas: Malaria