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 …

World Malaria Month 2015: Two-Day Malaria Education Campaign in Burkina Faso

UN Volunteers, Peace Corps Volunteers and Community Health Workers standing with the promise banner,

Written by: PCV Kristopher Mills (Burkina Faso) April 25 is the International World Malaria Day.  World Malaria Day was established and approved at the 60th World Health Assembly (WHA) in March 2007. It replaced Africa Malaria Day, which was commemorated every year since 2001 on 25 April. On World Malaria Day advocates and citizens …

Burkina Faso Stompers Unite!

Volunteers and their counterparts from across Burkina Faso attended a 3-day conference on Malaria and HIV/AIDS co-infection.

The Burkina Faso Malaria Team held a training of trainers for twelve Peace Corps Volunteers and their counter-parts in Bobo-Dioulasso. In addition, three children present with their mothers also attended part of the training. Over three days, participants engaged in a variety of session, from general information to bed net …

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 …

Burkina Faso Volunteer Helps Out with Community Bednet Census

Community members of Leba, Burkina Faso, showing off their mosquito  net.

It is hot season, but in Northern Burkina Faso the fight to stomp out malaria continues on. Second year non-formal education volunter, Sara Goodman, recently conducted a mosquito net census in her village in order to prepare her village and her local health clinic staff for the upcoming universal bed …

Malaria Mural at Local Health Clinic

Community members will now be able to benefit from trainings at the local health clinic on malaria prevention thanks to this mural painted by two volunteers.

A malaria mural has hit Thyou, Burkina Faso! Trevor Pratt and Sara Chandler, volunteers in Thyou and Sala, are helping to Stomp Out Malaria in Africa! They spent three days painting a mural at the local health clinic. The wall where the mural is painted faces the main street in …

Peace Corps Burkina Faso Forms A New Partnership

Peace Corps Country Director, Jill Zarchin (left) and Country Director for John Snow Inc., Parfait Edah (right)

The Country Director of Peace Corps Burkina Faso, Jill Zarchin, and the Country Director for John Snow, Inc. (JSI), Parfait Edah, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on February 20, 2013 at the Peace Corps office in Ouagadougou. The MOU establishes a close collaboration between these two organizations while simultaneously …

Burkina Faso Launches Regional Malaria Coordinators Program!

A handful of new Regional Malaria Coordinators take a break to pose with their Regional Malaria Toolkits.

On Saturday, January 19th, the Stomp Team in Burkina Faso officially launched our new Regional Malaria Coordinators Program! Nine Volunteers representing seven regions (based on volunteer density) traveled to Ouagadougou to participate in a mini-malaria bootcamp. Participants discussed possible malaria activities, energizing and engaging Volunteers in Stomp Out Malaria, upcoming …

Burkina Faso Welcomes New Trainees with Malaria Workshops

New trainees and their trainers play a malaria-themed ice breaker before an interactive session on malaria interventions.

Burkina Faso has just received 26 new Health and Daba (environment) trainees (PCTs) and the Stomp Out Malaria Team had the privilege of presenting two fantastic workshops during their training. The Stomp Team presented two sessions during the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 2: An Introduction to Malaria Prevention and Malaria …

Burkina Faso Goes to Bootcamp!

Burkina Faso Boot Camp V Participants

These past two weeks have been an incredible experience for the Malaria Team in Burkina Faso, as we added three new members to the ranks of STOMP graduates. PCV Alex Kuznetsov, third year PCV Emily Engel, and Response Volunteer and Stomp Coordinator Meredith Baker all completed Boot Camp V in …

PC Response in Burkina Faso

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Jen Schulz I recently had the fortune of attending a PC malaria and HIV/AIDs TOT in Ouahigouya the other week in which I learned about volunteers and their activities in malaria prevention- bednet promotion, sensitizations, home visits. It’s good to see that malaria is taking a priority in the PC …

Malaria Prevention Ubuntu?

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Daniel Quinn Ubuntu is a philosophy that can be loosely summed us as ‘I am what I am because of who we all are.’ According to the meme, the philosophy was revealed to an anthropologist through a game he created and played with a group of children. The game was …

Prevention Efforts Do Make a Difference

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Becca In my village, 48% of the CSPS visits were to treat malaria. As I put an extra effort into malaria education this month, it astounds me how much people just accept malaria as a fact of life. Read Becca’s blog here Read about Peace Corps Burkina-Faso here

Alex – Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday

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When I found out I would be serving in a West African country as a health volunteer, the first thing that came to mind in terms of diseases was HIV/AIDS and malnutrition. Turns out, malaria is the number one killer in Africa. This doesn’t mean that HIV/AIDS and malnutrition are …

Sarah Goodman – Malaria Month

So I wrote a parody song to help Stomp Out Malaria in Africa. Stomp Out Malaria is a Peace Corps Wide Africa to stop this debilitating disease that affects the continent. As a member of Peace Corps Burkina Faso’s Community Health and AIDS Task Force (CHAT) we help promote Malaria …

Many Forget That Malaria Exists

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Alexandra Kuznetsov Together with my community health agents, midwives, and nurses, we will go to each house and inspect mosquito nets to see if they are in good condition and actually used. Those people who show exceptional knowledge about malaria…. Read Alexandra’s blog here Read about Peace Corps Burkina-Faso here

Fear for Kenza

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Kathy Davis I hold my breath every time Yaya’s one-year old daughter, little Kenza, has the slightest temperature. And she’s one of the lucky babies in Africa because she and her family always sleep with mosquito netting. Nevertheless, I’m totally freaked-out by anything remotely resembling illness… Read Kathy’s blog here …

Malaria Month

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Jessi Malaria is often called ‘palu’ (pah-loo) in Burkina, short for its French name paludism. Though malaria is active year round, like everything else here, it has its own season. When the conditions are best for mosquitos to breed is after rainy season. August- November there are more mosquitos, and …