Students Fighting Malaria in Tanzania

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Written by:  PCV Brian Andrus, Tanzania  Malaria may not mean a lot to most of you back home because we are lucky enough that our annoying mosquitoes don’t carry the disease. However, it’s become important to me after living here.  As part of integrating into our communities, volunteers establish various relationships and …

STOMP Rwanda: An Unstoppable Team

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By Jacqui Stewart Bah, Response Volunteer Rwanda So what do a bike, a bar of soap, a radio, a needle and some thread, a clipboard, a bucket of paint, and a volleyball all have in common?  Are you stumped?  Or should I say STOMPed ? I will give you the …

From Their Hands to Above Their Beds

By Tess Palmer, Peace Corps Guinea Imagine: there is a killer disease affecting 100% of the population where you live. Some people come to offer you a tool that can protect you, your family, and all of your friends. Here’s the kicker—this tool in incredibly effective, easy to use, and …

HIV/AIDS Volunteers Take on Malaria in Bobirwa!

Major health implications arise when a person living with HIV (PLWH) contracts malaria. As HIV and malaria co-infection adversely impact the outcome of both diseases, PLWH experience much more severe clinical symptoms and are at a higher risk of malaria-related death. Therefore, for a country with the second highest HIV …

Impromptu Malaria March in Mozambique

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Today is World Malaria Day! According to WHO, 85% of Malaria cases and 90% of malaria deaths occur in Africa. Here in Alto, I have lost countless hours on projects to counterparts or a member of their family being sick with malaria. Fortunately, none of my close friends in Alto …

The 2nd Race Against Malaria in Botswana

Botswana Peace Corps Volunteers dressed up as mosquitos at the RAM2 event

The sight of parked commercial trucks stretched for miles along the main road in Kazungula is not an unfamiliar sight. A border town located adjacent to Zambia and Zimbabwe, Kazungula serves as the gateway for cargo trucks to transport goods from South Africa up the African continent as far as …

Sierra Leone: Behavior Change Communication Malaria Training

By: Elijah Filip Earlier this April, the STOMP team put together a behavior change workshop here in Sierra Leone. The training lasted four days and presented a number of theories on how volunteers can affect behavioral change within their communities. While working through the theoretical, we simultaneously applied these theories …

Sierra Leone: On that Health Fair Day

By: Michael Gibbs One thing that gets Peace Corps Volunteers really excited is the opportunity to cooperate for large-scale projects.  There’s a lot we can do in our community, but as only a single individual it can be hard to influence others.  The chance to operate en masse, combining our …

The Power of Soccer to Fight Malaria

PCV Morgan leads an energizer at her Grassroot Soccer camp in Lesotho.

My favorite part of the village was the soccer pitch. During my Peace Corps service, I came to see how much of life in rural South Africa was uncertain and challenging – but that dusty field was, unfailingly, a place of hope. Kids opened up on the field; they became …

Sierra Leone: The Last Mile, Part II

By:  Michael Gibbs When you hear about “last mile” problems in public health, it generally references the distribution of medicine down to the local service providers.  The problem is often framed in terms of government policy and infrastructure, something to be addressed from the top down.  Yet in the context …

Sierra Leone: Malaria and Exponents!

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By:  Maile Thayer “I’m going to give all our students malaria,” I inform my colleague teachers as I leave the staffroom to go teach. “What?!” they exclaim, aghast.  “Why?  How will you do that?  Don’t do it!” I laugh and promise to explain after.  I enter the classroom and hold …

Sierra Leone PCV Eli Filip Blogs About Malaria

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By:  PCV Eli Filip As a newly anointed member of STOMP, I recently attended my first official STOMP oriented activity. In February, one of our fellow volunteers, Lindsey, held a health fair in her community, Rokulan, aimed at bringing together the disparate health education committees throughout Peace Corps Sierra Leone. …

Sierra Leone: Malaria as a Way of Life, Part I

By:  Michael Gibbs Don’t worry—this isn’t a blog post about me getting malaria.  Unfortunately, it is a blog post about those near and dear to me in this country—friends, neighbors, coworkers—who suffer from the disease.  In every class I’ve taught, in every social circle I’ve entered here, every single person …

Stomp Salone at the Bombali Health Fair

By:  Maile Thayer The weeks leading up to the Bombali Health Fair were just as busy as the day of the event itself.  I was running around trying to prepare activities for our malaria booth, and training some of my students to perform at the fair.  These preparations were just …

Hey Mosquitoes, Eat Dust: Bike Racing Against Malaria and HIV in Guinea

Forty-one athletes competed in the bike race, including three PCVs.

By Courtney Clark, Peace Corps Guinea I will be honest – I have always been fairly skeptical of the myriad walks, runs, and marathons that American non-profits love to host. Sure, these events help organizations raise vast sums of money that support critically important research and programs. However, before I …

Building the capacity of volunteers as malaria peer educators in Botswana!

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After the first rain in November, Botswana suddenly transforms from fifty shades of ocher into glorious sceneries of lush green.  While rain restores life to a nation that is roughly 70% covered by the Kalahari Desert, it also introduces the risk of malaria outbreaks. Botswana may be in its final …

Students Take Lead in Malaria Education in Rwanda

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It was pouring rain as I arrived at my school 45-minutes before our day of malaria education. All the students were cooped up in their dorms or taking shelter in the cafeteria. We had a tight schedule ahead of us, and the rain was clearly going to be a huge …

Sierra Leone PCV Recounts First Experience Representing Stomp

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Nalehjah! (Good Afternoon- Fulla) Good afternoon family and friends! To all of my New Englanders, I hope that you have dug yourself out from the snow. It feels like even the BBC here in Africa was talking about all the snow that you all were getting, it must have been one …