Senegal PCVs Throw a Malaria Block Party

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adapted from “Kolda PCVs Throw a Malaria “Block Party”” published on peacecorpssenegal.org The words “malaria” and “party” are not often found in the same sentence, but as Peace Corps Africa’s Malaria Month draws to a close, PCVs in Senegal’s Kolda region went out with a bang by hosting a neighborhood malaria …

Beautifying Bed Nets in Zambia

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On World Malaria Day, Chelsea Rinnig organized a bed net beautification project for a local women’s group. Chelsea is a Peace Corps/Zambia Environment Volunteer in Eastern Province and used malaria education as a way to further connect with her community. Chelsea decided to do a bed net beautification day after …

World Malaria Month 2015: Two-Day Malaria Education Campaign in Burkina Faso

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Written by: PCV Kristopher Mills (Burkina Faso) April 25 is the International World Malaria Day.  World Malaria Day was established and approved at the 60th World Health Assembly (WHA) in March 2007. It replaced Africa Malaria Day, which was commemorated every year since 2001 on 25 April. On World Malaria Day advocates and citizens …

World Malaria Month 2015: Rwanda’s Ten-Mile Malaria Walk

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In celebration of World Malaria Month, eight Peace Corps Volunteers in the Southern Province of Rwanda completed a ten-mile Malaria Walk to spread the message of malaria prevention to nearly 1,000 school-age children. Participants in the Walk included Community Health Volunteers Melissa Denton, Vanessa Da Costa, Grace Mullin, Tracy Abiaka, …

World Malaria Month 2015: World Malaria Day in Zambia’s Central Province

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To mark World Malaria Day, Robert Wintersteen organized a malaria education and testing day in his district for over 700 people. Robert is a Peace Corps/Zambia Health Volunteer in Central Province. The event was held in the most remote village of his district that is located 32km from the rural …

World Malaria Month 2015: World Malaria Day in Niassa Mozambique

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A personal account of World Malaria Day in Mecanhelas, Niassa by Education Volunteer Kevin Nguyen. Mecanhelas celebrated its World Malaria Day on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Staff from the local hospital and I, hand in hand, ran a successful event, showing the impact of malaria on the district of Mecanhelas and …

World Malaria Month Explained by a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique

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written by PCV Robin Picard (Mozambique) While Hallmark promotes holidays such as Grandparent’s Day and National Kitten Day in the US, we celebrate Tuberculosis Day and Malaria Month all over Africa. April is designated as Malaria Awareness Month.  The idea is that with an increased effort the world at large, and …

World Malaria Month 2015: Using Technology to Make IRS in Zambia More Effective

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Written by: Hannah Harrison, ZMC Communications Director Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is one of the key interventions used in Zambia in the fight against malaria. John Esplana is a Peace Corps Response Volunteer that has played an instrumental role in rolling out and monitoring the implementation of this key malaria …

Peace Corps World Malaria Day 2015 Press Release

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Peace Corps Grows Malaria Prevention Outreach in Africa originally published: http://www.peacecorps.gov/media/forpress/press/2547/ WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2015 – The Peace Corps is leading efforts to eradicate malaria in partnership with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and non-governmental organizations around the world through the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative, which celebrates its …

World Malaria Month 2015: GHSP Volunteer Helps Midwife Students Join the Fight

Jackson Ernest teaches a small group of women about malaria and other risks for pregnant women.

When most people hear the word “malaria” they think of a disease that lives in the hottest stickiest places on Earth. However, with the exception of the world’s driest deserts and Antarctica, malaria can live almost anywhere. The mosquito that bears the parasite can reproduce in something as little as …

Bridging the Care-Seeking Gap with ProAct

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This blog is part of the #DefeatMalaria World Malaria Day blog series hosted by Roll Back Malaria, to be published between April 8 and May 1, 2015 By Matt McLaughlin, Program Manager of Peace Corps Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative. Sokhna lived in the village of Missira Dantilla nestled in the rolling hills of …

World Malaria Month 2015: Bringing Malaria Education into the Classroom

Written by: Hannah Harrison, ZMC Communications Director Peace Corps/Zambia is celebrating the efforts of PCV, Kaitlan Melone, for her creativity to combat malaria during the Peace Corps Zambia World Malaria Month Competition. Kaitlan lives in Zambia’s Northern Province and has been serving as an Education Volunteer since June 2013. Kaitlan …

World Malaria Month 2015: Transforming Your Mosquito Net

written by PCV Lauren Funtanilla (Cameroon) Last February, I was invited by the Adventist women’s group to attend their quarterly meeting. I came back a few months later to lead a nutrition session where I taught the group how to make tofu. Blanche, my counterpart, and I had been invited …

World Malaria Month 2015: Murals and More in Malawi

written by: Beccy Burleson, PCV Malawi In Peace Corps we devote the entire month of April to activities promoting the eradication of malaria in Africa. We call it World Malaria Month. Malaria remains a huge problem in Africa. Actually, it remains a huge problem worldwide, with approximately 207 million cases …

World Malaria Month 2015: Adam’s First Blog Post Ever

written by: Adam Nothem (this post is an adaptation of Adam’s original post “Malaria in the Village“) My name is Adam Nothem. I’m a Peace Corps Health Volunteer in a small village in the southern-most region in Tanzania. I am also the Regional Malaria Coordinator for Mtwara region, Lindi region, …

World Malaria Month 2015: Cameroon Sings

Lauren Funtanilla (Youth Development, 2013-2015) and Sarah Keene (Education, 2013-2015) worked with children at the Catholic Mission in their community in the East region to develop a malaria-themed song. A total of 32 elementary school students learned the song. Lauren and Sarah hope the students will perform the song on World …

Cameroon: Reinvigorating malaria prevention efforts

How can you make a town hear a message they’ve fallen deaf to? Well, with a megaphone, of course!

Unfortunately, people here in Cameroon already know about malaria. I call it unfortunate because if they had never heard of it, and you told them about a brand new illness that killed more African children every year than anything else, they would fear it. They would rise up in arms to fight it at all costs, saving their lives and their children’s lives. But malaria isn’t new to them. It isn’t sexy. It’s mundane, and they aren’t motivated or compelled to inconvenience themselves to fight it, even when the inconvenience is hanging a mosquito net that was given to them free of cost.

Dedicated to Malaria-Malawi

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Every one. Every single one of the 35 7th-graders raised her hand when I asked the group, with their eyes closed, “Who knows someone who has died from malaria?” But this response wasn’t as shocking as its follow-up, “How many of you would pay to get treated for malaria?”… One…In …