Tanzania Malaria Team’s Training of Trainers

Myles Hartman and his counterpart Mr. John Butuba practice mending a net as part of the training.

Written by Jocelyn Keranen and Holly Trace, Peace Corps Volunteer Leader Malaria Coordinator for Peace Corps Tanzania While the number of deaths caused by malaria has dropped drastically in the last few years, thousands of people are still dying every year in Tanzania from this preventable disease. Last week, the Tanzania Malaria …

Malaria TOTs in Zambia’s Northern and Eastern Provinces

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Written by Julie Pulombo, National Malaria Coordinator for Peace Corps Zambia Peace Corps/Zambia is organizing a series of Malaria Training of the Trainer (TOT) workshops. The strategy is an effort to motivate Peace Corps Volunteers from all sectors such as environment, agriculture, and education, plus health, to engage in highly …

80% Coverage: Taking the Community Effect to a New Level

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Written by Julie Pulombo, National Malaria Coordinator for Peace Corps Zambia The bed net is one of the most powerful, inexpensive, and effective interventions the world has to fight malaria. In 2014, Zambia completed its first nationwide, simultaneous mass distribution, providing over 8 million long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) free of charge. …

Operation: Malaria Skillz

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Written by Megan Rossi, National Malaria Coordinator for Peace Corps Malawi Operation Smile is an international charity that works with medical volunteers from all over the world to fix cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities of children and young people. The organization has provided hundreds of thousands of free …

World Malaria Month in Rwanda’s Northern Province

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Written by Roberta Connors, an Education Volunteer who serves in the Northern Province of Rwanda The Northern Musanze Region is one of the regions with the fewest number of volunteers in Rwanda. For World Malaria Month, as the Regional Malaria Volunteer for the North, I decided to make it my personal …

Kick Out Malaria Trek in The Gambia

The synopsis: the Kick Out Malaria curriculum works and more volunteers should host it at their school!

Written by Jessica He, a Health Volunteer who serves in the Upper River Division of The Gambia Video by Cara Sandquist, an Education Volunteer in the Western Region of The Gambia Photos by The Gambia PCVs Michael Alvarez, Beth Eanelli and Jessica Fryman The Kick Out Malaria (KOM) trek is a …

Malaria at the Eastern Region’s GLOW Camp

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Written by Stephanie Stern, an Education Volunteer who serves in the Eastern Province of Rwanda Rwanda is known as the Land of 1000 Hills. Indeed, almost all of Rwanda is covered with enormous hills. The hills and their high altitudes lead people to believe that Rwanda faces less of a risk from …

Kristopher Mills, Burkina Faso – Malaria PCV of the Week

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THE SCOOP ON KRIS Kris Mills is a committed Volunteer, a good planner and a true leader. Malaria is an endemic disease in Burkina Faso, as in many countries in Africa. Malaria is more prevalent in the south and southwest regions of Burkina Faso, the area where Kris serves. STELLAR STATS …

Including OVCs In the Fight Against Malaria

Peace Corps Rwanda Volunteer, Nancy Erickson, teaching the basics of net care and repair

Written by Melissa Denton, a Health Volunteer who serves in the Southern Province of Rwanda This year, for World Malaria Month, Peace Corps Volunteers in the Southern Province worked diligently to incorporate OVCs (orphans and vulnerable children) into the fight against malaria. As Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, said, “For the …

A Malaria Health Talk at Local Health Center’s Vaccination Day

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Written by Anna Hirt, an Education volunteer who serves in the Western Province of Rwanda Ask most people in my community, as well as the surrounding area, and they’ll tell you, “malaria isn’t really that big of an issue here.” Sure, we live in a mountainous, region with a cool climate, …

Looping Together Education, Malaria Prevention, and Youth Outreach

Charice Bourdeaux conducting an activity from the Malaria Activities for Youth Manual with her English club.

Written by Charice Bourdeaux, an Environmental Action volunteer who is serving in northeastern Benin. My Biology professor in college would say, “Biology is loopy and so is life.” He used that as a premise to communicate the cyclical patterns, and ultimately the interconnectedness between people, culture, and nature is life …

Including Men in the Fight Against Malaria

Community Economic Development volunteer Ellen Mork discusses how prompt care-seeking saves households money.

Written by Zach Crawford, a Rural Community Health volunteer who serves in northwestern Benin. At our health center in rural Benin, a certain phenomenon is always on full display: the place swarms with women and children, present either to attend antenatal consultations, weekly vaccination days or to accompany a family …

Using Business Clubs to Teach the Economic Impact of Malaria

Malaria fighters Jaures, Andy, Simeon and Pamphile pose with their poster showing the cost of malaria.

Written by Jen Curtis, a Community Economic Development volunteer posted in southern Benin. Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and morality in Benin among children under 5, accounting for 44% of outpatient visits and 40% of all hospitalizations. My region, in humid, rainy southern Benin, is one of the …

Girls Empowerment, Soccer, and Malaria: Using sports to teach malaria prevention

Sierra, the participants of the soccer camp, and Maria, the volunteer who helped organize the camp, pose for a photo.

Written by Sierra Petrosky, a Rural Community Health Volunteer and Masters International student serving in northern Benin. « WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO TONIGHT ?!! » « SLEEP UNDER OUR MOSQUITO NETS ! » «WHY ARE WE GONNA DO IT?!» « TO PREVENT MALARIA !!!! » The second day of the very first girls’ soccer camp in my region …

Malaria Information Booth in the Center of a Southern Senegal City

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In honor of Malaria Month, three Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) in the Kedougou Region of Senegal created an informational booth in the center of the city to engage passers-by with malaria information. Health PCVs Arielle Kempinsky, Sarah Mollenkopf and Laurie Ohlstein designed a five-station booth based on malaria month activities. …

A Malaria Superhero Called PaludisMan

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Designed by: Mehdi Chahin, Agroforestry PCV

Senegal Agroforestry PCV, Mehdi Chahin aimed to teach malaria prevention to the youth in a way that would be both fun and accessible. The PaludisMan project couples an educational tool featuring a fictional malaria superhero (PaludisMan) in comic format with the “Grassroot Skillz” Malaria curriculum to teach youth about the importance of malaria prevention while …

Fighting Malaria with a Cell Phone: There’s an App for That

Sarah Mollenkopf, Senegal Health PCV, introduces the mobile app to DSDOMs for use with both the passive PECADOM program as well as the active PECADOM+ model.

Several challenges exist for running successful public health programs in the developing world. Limited number of trained health professionals, low levels of literacy among community health workers, insufficient resources or equipment, and poor data collection limit the ability of program managers to make informed programmatic decisions and to guarantee quality …

Benin PCVs Host the 7th Annual Camp Success

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Written by Zach Crawford, Peace Corps Volunteer (Benin) Our Motto: “Les Filles Qui Guident Le Monde!” (“The girls who lead the world!”) 57 high-achieving girls from the Donga region of Benin. Eight PCVs. Six independent Beninese women. One inspirational week celebrating success and the joys of girlhood. This year marks …