Weekly Awesome Botswana: Mapping the Way to Eradication

As a country moves from malaria control to malaria elimination stage, different strategies are employed on the path to eradication. As the burden of disease lowers, the importance of surveillance rises, which allows for targeted and localized strategic interventions. PCV Mike Banfield had the opportunity to work with the Botswana …

Botswana Weekly Awesome: Bringing Sexy Back to Malaria Prevention

It can be extremely challenging to implement and mobilize community members to take action against malaria in Botswana, particularly when HIV/AIDS epidemic is a much bigger battle. Only 50% of the population technically resides within malaria-endemic areas and  less than 100 malaria-related deaths are reported annually. Botswana’s overwhelming successes in …

Botswana Weekly Awesome: Hacking the Chobe Sun to Complete Tablet-based Surveys

QuickTapSurvey (App) powered Tablet for speedy data collection.

written by Kim True, Bots 14 Before the heavy rain season, between November and January each year, District Health Management Teams (DHMT) offer free Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) to households living in malaria-endemic regions of Botswana. The Ministry of Health credits IRS as the key intervention in vector control resulting …

Botswana Weekly Awesome: How do you eat an elephant?

Why, piece by piece of course. The idea of creating an accurate and detailed map can be overwhelming. The necessity of capturing each and every building, house, shop, road, school, footpath seems like an elephant of a task. But maps are important; they are a visual representation of our world, …

Botswana Weekly Awesome: Stomp it Out Music Video Pt 2 – PCV Chad’s Wish

By Chad Anderson PCV Chad Anderson worked with local artists to create this vibrant, and catchy malaria music video. Below he writes about his experiences; from learning about malaria, to his transition from Mali to Botswana, and finally the process of creating the music video. Chad, closed-out his service, but his …

Help Me Map My Village!

The hot season is starting here in Botswana bringing with it brutal 100 degrees and up heat and a lot of mosquitoes.  This season we are gearing up our efforts to prevent malaria across the country. Botswana is lucky to be in the elimination phase, we have a lower number of …

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 …

Converting a rectangle into a cone…bed net that is!

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Botswana’s National Malaria Program’s goal is to have zero new malaria infections by 2015. In efforts to eliminate malaria in Botswana, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has distributed tens of thousands of Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN) over the past 5 years. Most recently, the MoH distributed 40,000 LLINs in …

From Mali to Botswana

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By: PCV Chad Anderson I am a current Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Botswana, who transferred here after being evacuated from the Mali program. Coming from Mali, malaria has affected my life extensively. In my last site two of my local national friends died from malaria. I had wanted to …

Stomp Botswana Speaks to Regional Malaria Expert, Dr. Masauso Chilumbu

Dr. Chilumbu is the Chobe District Malaria Focal Person. He discussed the triumphs and challenges Botswana has faced in malaria work over the years.

Peace Corps Botswana is proud to have joined the Stomp effort as Botswana continues to push forward towards the ultimate aim of elimination. Over the last decade the Ministry of Health has made tremendous strides towards the national goal of achieving zero local transmission by 2015 and there are many …

Botswana Welcomes New Malaria Coordinator Volunteer

Matt Kogle is the newest Malaria Coordinator Volunteer in Botswana.

Stomp Botswana is excited to introduce our newest Malaria Coordinator Volunteer and Boot Camp graduate, Matt Kogle! Matt is a Community Capacity Building Volunteer based at the local clinic. He and his wife, Bridgette, live in the village of Shakawe in the northwest corner of Botswana beside the wild and …

Peace Corps Botswana Conducts First Malaria Trainings Among Northern Volunteers

Botswana PCVs in Gumare listening to Dr. Muchapa, District Malaria Focal Person, speak on the malaria situation in the Okavango region.

Dumelang ditsala (hi friends!) and welcome to Peace Corps Botswana’s first ever blog post for Stomping Out Malaria! Botswana recently joined the Stomp initiative through the classic Stomp rite of passage – Boot Camp! Program Manager, Oarabile Makgabana-Dintwa and Malaria Coordinator PCV, Hays Huguley attended Boot Camp V in September …