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Peace Corps Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso joined the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative in September of 2011. PCVs have implemented a variety of activities to educate communities and prevent malaria including: assisting with universal bed net distributions, community outreach with students during Camp G2LOW (Girls and Guys Leading Our World), and biking across Burkina Faso to perform skits about transmission and prevention. Education volunteers are also bringing malaria awareness into the classroom by using examples during their lesson plans, regardless of the subject at hand.
- 157 Volunteers serving in Education, Health and Environment
- 30% of Volunteers trained malaria prevention
- 1 staff member devoted to malaria training and activities
- Seven volunteers have attended an intensive international malaria training
Malaria Prevention Activities
113 Volunteers participated in malaria activities in 2012, reaching over 14,000 individuals in 130 communities. Education Campaigns: Volunteers have conducted 400 home visits with a malaria education and prevention message and reached 750 individuals during theater tours, community malaria fairs, malaria education in the classroom, and World Malaria Day events. Targeting Vulnerable Populations: 1,400 pregnant women were reached with malaria behavior change messages. Over 3,700 children under the age of five were touched by a malaria message through education given to caregivers. Training of Trainers: Volunteers trained 60 community leaders in malaria education and prevention.
Peace Corps Burkina Faso fights malaria in collaboration with:
Project Highlight: Malaria Messaging to Rural Populations
Peace Corps Health Volunteer, Alex Kuznetzov, lives in a village in the North of Burkina Faso. The community’s biggest health concern is malaria. In April 2012, Alex and community health workers visited every home in the village catchment with a malaria message to deliver. The goal of this project was three fold: to conduct a village census (specifically focusing on the number of women, pregnant women, and children under 5), to asses how many households have functioning mosquito nets were properly using them, and to provide education to community members about malaria including how to detect the signs and symptoms, the importance of seeking treatment early, and prevention strategies.The campaign relied heavily on the dedication of the community health workers. The catchment area has 11 satellite villages, each with two staff members, making 22 people in total. They divided into five teams and each team was responsible for one of the five neighborhoods in the village. Each team was given a notebook to record census data and mosquito net information. With the data collected during the census, they discovered that there was a lack of mosquito nets to cover the total population (based on the universal bed net campaign’s definition of two people per one net). Due to people traveling for work, there is was also an underreporting of the number of nets needed to cover an entire household.To address this problem, the health post sponsored a small-scale mosquito net distribution from June-August. To add value to the campaign, Alex organized a malaria education campaign in every village focusing on proper bednet use and care. She and the community health worker also created visual aids to help explain the malaria message to the illiterate population. Overall, the event was a success with 500 mosquito nets distributed and 3,000 people reached with a malaria message.