World Malaria Day: A New Day in The Gambia

Band Members from a high school in Janjanbureh lead the march through Ballanghar Ker N’derry.

After a few false steps and volunteers finishing their services, Peace Corps, The Gambia, is reorganized and motivated to stomp malaria out of The Gambia.  Volunteers and alums of Stomp Out Malaria Boot Camps V and VI have formed the Malaria Taskforce.  Its main goal is to organize and concentrate …

Nicole Pampanin: Why I Care So Much

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By: PCV Nicole Pampanin, PC/Madagascar In July 2010, while volunteering in Ghana for the fourth time, my 13-year-old friend, Jennifer passed away from malaria. After finding out about Jennifer’s death, I wrote the following: “As tears run down my face, Alex tells me how in Africa, things are different than …

Sara Teising: My Malaria Narrative

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By: PCV Sara Teising, PC/Guinea Every week I go down to my local health center in Bate Nafadji that services as many as 30 other villages in the area with a radius of about 50 km.  I volunteer in the pharmacy with another Guinean woman, Madame Traore who is very …

Joey Anchondo: Malaria in Rusizi

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By: PCV Joey Anchondo, PC/Rwanda On my second day in my new village I ran into Mama Jeanette, one of the few people I knew, outside of the health center. The last time I had met her, two months earlier, I had almost no knowledge of Kinyarwanda. Now she was able …

Tamika Honeysucker: My Experience with Malaria

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By: PCV Tamika Honeysucke, PC/Rwanda In honor of World Malaria Day, I thought I would share some information on the disease and my personal experience with it. Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted by a certain type of mosquito which feeds …

Julia Duch: Malaria Mural

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By: PCV Julia Duch, PC/Ethiopia My site, Wenago, is plagued by malaria. While it has a low to non-existent mortality rate in Wenago, it has consistently had the highest morbidity rate throughout the years. By talking to the head of the malaria initiative at the local health office, I found …

Zach Bachtell: Malaria work isn’t just for Health Volunteers

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By: PCV Zach Bachtell, PC/Guinea April was “Malaria Month” here in Peace Corps Guinea, and in the rest of Peace Corps countries for that matter, and April 25th was World Malaria Day!!  Volunteers all over the world have been working hard on malaria projects this month, whether promoting awareness, better …

Using local markets to promote mosquito net useage in Southwest Burkina Faso

PCV Elisabeth Chop holding mosquito net demonstrations at her local market.

In the Southwest Region of Burkina Faso, volunteer Elisabeth Chop is working hard to help prevent and treat malaria. With World Malaria Day recently celebrated April 25, and rainy season fast approaching, which means a dramatic increase in malaria cases with all the standing water, Elisabeth Chop and her counterpart …

Sara Gaul: Teaching Students About Malaria

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By: PCV Sara Gaul, PC/Rwanda I start every term the same: “Good morning students! How was your break?” And every term, I get the same, monotone reply: “It was very nice.” This term, however, one student changed the reply. “It was bad,” Bonheur said. The response, although his break happened …

Dan Allen: My Final Lesson

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Training Ethiopia volunteers about malaria is a little tricky, because, in this highland realm, a lot of volunteers live in malaria-free areas. Ethiopia is so interlaced by valleys and ridges that a volunteer could easily live in a malarial area, a few kilometers from another whose site is malaria-free. Malaria …

Stefan Tangen: Fighting Malaria Where It Matters Most

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By: Stefan Tangen/PC Sierra Leone A normal day in my village starts with greeting my neighbors, “Beeyi, e bi gahun?” Or in English, “Morning, how are you?” Frequently, the answer is “fine” or “I thank God.” However, many times the answer is “I’m not well, I’ve got malaria.” For a …

Sarah Reid: Do you dare the moustiquaire?

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By: PCV Sarah Reid, PC/Guinea Over our school’s past spring break (a terribly timed interval spanning from a Wednesday to the following Thursday), I stopped in Kindia for several days.  Mme. Sow, a teacher from Lafou and my best friend at site, had invited me to spend some time with …

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Blood, Sweat and Mangoes

Bed net demonstration in Gbendembu - April 10, 2013

By: PCV Nicole Alexander, PC/Sierra Leone I’ll admit it right from the start. I’m no athletic guru. I’m not a runner, not a swimmer, not a biker. I might ride my bicycle around town but haven’t ridden farther than a 9 or 10 miles. But when our post put together …

Johanna Twiford: Angelina’s Smile

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Angelina comes running up after school yelling ‘Sister Johanna, Sister Johanna!”. I smile and can’t help laugh as she looks up at me in her faded school dress. She smiles the biggest smile you’ve ever seen and grabs a stack of nets to carry on her head to help. We’re …

Solomon Liu: Spreading Malaria A-wear-ness

The PCV soccer team before the Kamaranka town vs. PC game which Kamaranka won 4-1 - April 8th 2013

By: PCV Solomon Liu, PC/Sierra Leone This April, approximately 20 Peace Corps volunteers from Sierra Leone rode their bicycles 55 miles, from Kamakwie to Panlap, as part of the Stomp Out Malaria Initiative. They stopped at villages along the way and did activities aimed at improving the villagers’ knowledge of …

Maile Thayer: 7 Villages. 62 Miles. 5 days. 1 Mission

Bednet race to bring awareness that everyone in the family should sleep under a bednet, even children – Kamaranka April 8th 2013

By: PCV Maile Thayer, PC/Sierra Leone The STOMP Salone team hosted its first ever Malaria Bike Tour!  In 5 days, approximately a quarter of Salone PCV’s participated in a 62 mile bike tour, stopping in 7 villages in Bombali District.  The bike ride incorporated all kinds of activities and reached …

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Dylan Hoover: Sierra Leone’s First Malaria Awareness Bike Ride

Part of the PCV bike tour team in Gbendembu, April 10th, 2013

Why would a quarter, or 20 of all volunteers in Salone, travel from the south, east, and west to a town in the far north, over a horrible stretch of dirt road, paying not only to fund the event but also for their own transportation?  It would be hot, exhausting, …

Regina Ord: Malaria Heroes in the Community

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By: PCV Regina Ord, PC/Zambia In small rural villages in the Northwest Province of Zambia, malaria still takes the lives of vulnerable populations such as women and children.  Although the villagers are acutely aware of its effects, they do not always have the knowledge or personal guidance to implement prevention …

Educating the public about Malaria

Malaria health talk given at Shakawe Clinic. Health talk was led by Mphande (HEA), Celia (HET), and Matthew (PCV).

Botswana’s Ministry of Health and National Malaria program are taking great strides to eliminate malaria in Botswana. One of their key strategies in meeting their goal of zero local transmissions by 2015 is to provide education, information, communication and advocacy to community members. To help them with their goals, I …