Maulidi, Community Change Agent
Maulidi, father of two, works as a farmer in rural Kigoma – and in his spare time volunteers as a Community Change Agent (CCA) teaching families about malaria and how to protect themselves from the disease.
He is one of 340 Community Change Agents who have been trained by Tanzania Communication and Development Center (TCDC), an organisation that has been receiving funding from Comic Relief and GSK since November 2016 to support the fight against malaria. Maulidi is no stranger to volunteering and when he was younger volunteered to help combat tuberculosis, now, as a CCA he is helping to protect and inform his community about malaria prevention and cure.
"THE WORK I AM DOING IS TO INFORM COMMUNITIES ABOUT MALARIA PREVENTION, CURE, MANAGING SANITATION, TO ENCOURAGE PREGNANT WOMEN AND THOSE WHO HAVE TUBERCULOSIS TO GO TO THE CLINIC EARLIER AND TO COMPLETE THE DOSAGE GIVEN."
Maulidi’s work involves talking to members of his community about malaria prevention and cure, and encouraging pregnant women and people who have tuberculosis to go to clinics earlier, and complete the full course and dosage of their medications.
Between 2017 and 2019, huge progress was made in Maulidi’s community, with malaria cases decreasing from 31% prevalence to 24.4% prevalence thanks to people like him who are encouraging behaviour change, helping inform people of the importance of testing for malaria before treatment, and simple prevention methods like sleeping under nets.
Maulidi says he is proud of the work he is doing in his community – and his family are proud of him too. He was named best community health volunteer in the Kigoma region. and the CCA’s in TCDC have been recognised at the district and regional level for the impact their work is having on community health.
Maulidi’s socks sum up the reason why he is doing this important work.