Togo Weekly Awesome: What Can You Use Empty Cans For?

Last month PCV Chelsea Clarke put some empty tin cans to good use. Chelsea lives in a small village in northern Togo. Though she is an environmental volunteer, she knows that malaria affects EVERYBODY and she wanted to do something about it. Chelsea got the idea for making portable mosquito …

TBT: My one year anniversary on World Malaria Day

Sarah Genelle Castagnola, PCV Uganda

Do you miss reading about World Malaria Day? So do we! This week we are throwing it back to an incredible volunteer, highlighting her admirable efforts on World Malaria Day. Check out Sarah Genelle Castagnola, as she reflects on her first year of service and overcoming challenges in the field.

Weekly Awesome Ghana: “Mop up” bed net distributions in Ghana

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Written by:  PCV Alisa Langford When health volunteers came to their sites, fresh from training, and ready to educate about malaria and the importance of sleeping under a bed net they were met with an unexpected challenge – not all community members received nets during the recent “universal coverage” campaign. …

Malaria Think Tank Springs Into Action

Peace Corps Uganda  Malaria Think Tank members meeting with Peace Corps Staff.  Pictured from left to back around the table: Chris Peterson, Ashley Givan, Kristina Sandfoss, Cotious Tukashaba, Sarah Cornett, Matt Boddie, Paul Sulley, and Loucine Hayes.

Last week the newly formed Peace Corps Uganda Malaria Think Tank held its first meeting! Comprising the Think Tank are Malaria Team members Matt Boddie and Ashley Givan, as well as Community Health Volunteers Sarah Cornett, Kristina Sandfoss, and Chris Peterson.  The Think Tank had the opportunity to sit down …


Weekly Awesome Senegal: Bed Net Pride Project

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By: PCV Sarah Kuech My name is Sarah Kuech and I am Preventative Health Volunteer in an 800 person village in the Velingara district of Senegal. I came to Senegal in March of 2010. My primary focuses in my village have been analyzing medical records to better understand the needs …

Boot Camp V, Day 4: Behavior Change, HIV/AIDS, and Bed Net Distributions

Senegal NetWorks Director Joan Schubert

Boot camp attendees took no break on this Saturday and the fourth day of malaria boot camp V. The day was filled with country presentations, a session on behavior change, a presentation about bed nets, and an introduction to HIV/AIDS and malaria. The morning started off with country presentations from …

Weekly Awesome Zambia: Research Update

Jane Coleman cutting up nets to send to the CDC for insecticide testing

I am an Individual Investigator for the PMI “Durability and Insecticide Persistence in Long-Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets (LLINs) Study”, in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Population Services International’s Malaria and Child Survival Program, and Peace Corps.  Peace Corps and PMI Zambia have a very strong relationship and …

Weekly Awesome Zambia: Chikakla Bed Net Distribution

PCV Barbara Smith hands out a mosquito net at the Chikakala Rural Health Center Catchment on Saturday, July 7th, 2012

U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers and partners distributed over 550 mosquito nets to six villages at the Chikakala Rural Health Center Catchment, Mpika district, on Saturday, July 7th, 2012. Health Peace Corps Volunteer, Barbara Smith, with Mrs. Maureen Mwape of the Rural Health Center and Mr. Patrick Mwape an Environmental Health …

Day 4: Behavior Change & Bed Net Distributions

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It’s day 4 of Boot Camp and participants have been learning a lot. Morning sessions were led by Senegal Peace Corps Volunteer Leaders Jessie Seiler and Michael Toso, who discussed behavior change campaigns and the ways to conduct a barrier analysis, followed by a barrier analysis case study. In the …