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 …

Weekly Awesome Mozambique: PCV in Guija, Gaza Has a New Role with IRS

This year Guija’s Indoor Residual Spraying team will be making a bigger difference in their community.  In addition to spraying houses, the team has agreed to conduct household surveys to assess people’s use of malaria prevention measures. The idea to conduct household surveys came about after Health Volunteer, Marieka Walsh, spoke …

Gambia Weekly Awesome: Let’s talk about malaria

I probably said this before, but I get so discouraged thinking about malaria. It is such a devastating and debilitating disease with long-term consequences. It also unfairly attacks sub-Saharan Africa because of the climate and the fact that anopheles mosquitoes here prefer to feed on human, while malaria-carrying mosquitoes in …

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.

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.

The Big Day of Malaria at VTC Mpanda: Umunsi Mukuru wa Malariya at VTC Mpanda

During a Peace Corps- sponsored Behavior Change Communication and Project Design & Management conference in February, I worked with my counterparts, Nshimyimana Beatrice and Niyorugira Placide, to develop a malaria event at our school, VTC Mpanda, located in southern Rwanda’s Ruhango District. The mosquito nets obtained by the previous Peace …

Malaria Education and Indoor Residual Spraying in Rwanda

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  by Bob Viglietta A couple of months ago, my entire district, southern Rwanda’s Gisagara District, took part in Rwanda’s National Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) Campaign. A team of Rwandans traveled around the sectors and went village-by-village to spray the indoor walls of houses with insecticide. Last year, my local …

A Volunteer’s Perspective: Behavior Change Through Community Theater

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Written by 2nd year Peace Corps Volunteer Jessica Williams (Milange, Zambezia Province) There have been many successful net distribution campaigns in Mozambique over the past few years to prevent malaria.  In fact, a recent report stated that USAID had dispersed about 20 million bed nets since 2007.  This is fantastic …

Weekly Awesome Madagascar: Volunteer Spotlight: Ellen Miller

A market training trivia session with community members.

Ellen Miller is a Health PCV in a small village in the northwest region. According to the Malaria Operating Plan of Fiscal Year 2013, the entire west coast has the second-highest prevalence of malaria in children under five years, of 3.9%. The climate of the Northwest region is very hot …

Weekly Awesome Madagascar: Malaria Partners Celebrate World Malaria Day

Public Health students Mamy, Seheno, Antso, Dorasse, Barbara and MI Coordinator Raffaele Macri get ready for the first day of the caravan.

For most of PC Africa World Malaria Day was celebrated on April 25th. For Most of PC Madagascar and other African countries it was throughout the entire month of April but for most malaria partners in Madagascar it was the 5th – 7th May. Why? You may ask. That’s because the …

Ally Young: Coming Back to Madagascar as a PCRV

Ally with her Healthy Household Program members

By: PCV Ally Young, PC/Madagascar PC Madagascar welcomes the newest member of the malaria team, PCRV Ally Young, back to Madagascar. Ally served as a health PCV from 2010-2012 and returns for another year as a PCRV working with USAID | DELIVER. Ally’s work concerning malaria began when she served …

Boot Camp VI, Day 4: Logical Frameworks and Theories of Behavior Change

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Matt McLaughlin, Stomp Program Manager, and PCRV Jesse Casanova led a session about project logical frameworks and action planning. They walked participants through the process of putting together a project plan and necessary tools used for monitoring and evaluation. Participants divided into small groups and constructed their own project frameworks …

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Newly Sworn-In Education PCVs Join in the Fight Against Malaria

The title page of the first malaria "big book", produced in Uganda my Mango Tree and used by Peace Corps Volunteers in the classroom.

95% of the Ugandan population lives in malaria endemic regions, with the other 5% living in dangerous epidemic-prone areas.  Some districts in Uganda are recorded as having over 4 bites by an infected mosquito per day per person.  (For more information on the current malaria situation in Uganda and what …

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

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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 …

Chumo

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A product of Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Programs, USAID and Media for Development International Tanzania, Chumo is a short film about malaria in pregnancy. At each malaria or In-Service Training volunteers get a DVD to share Chumo with students, neighbors and colleagues. I’m still trying to figure out† …

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 …

MVU = Mobile Video Unit

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After the Mtwara/Lindi malaria training with Peace Corps volunteers (PCV) and COMMIT project community change agents (CCA) in April, I went to Masasi to meet Population Services International (PSI) and learn how to operate the mobile video unit (MVU).  We visited two PCV and showed Hali Halisi, a film about …