Malaria PCV of the Week: Kate Mishkin, Cameroon

Stomp Out Malaria Coordinator Kate Mishkin at the event

THE SCOOP ON KATE Kate is currently serving as the Stomp Out Malaria Coordinator for Peace Corps Cameroon; she began her service in 2014 and will be leaving this month to finish her Masters in Sustainable International Development at Brandies University. Ms. Mishkin’s duties are wide-ranging and included, but are not limited to, …

Malaria PCV of the Week: Elijah Haines, Cameroon

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The Scoop on Elijah Elijah is a  Community Health Volunteer in Cameroon. He started his service November 2013. Stellar Stats In October of 2014, Elijah held a four-day Men as Partners in the village of Gangassaou in the Adamawa region. Together with his counterparts, the local Red Cross chapter president, …

Weekly Awesome Cameroon: Malaria Education During the Race of Hope

On February 14, Erica Johnson (Agribusiness, third year extension) organized a mass HIV testing and education event at Race of Hope in Buea, Southwest region. To support the HIV event, Kate Mishkin, the Malaria Coordinator for Peace Corps Cameroon, organized five Volunteers and one Fulbright Scholar to teach 200 community members about …

Weekly Awesome Cameroon: Malaria Education During Regional Agriculture Fair

Peace Corps was represented at the most recent Bamenda Annual Northwest Agricultural Fair. Jacob Moore (Agribusiness, 2012-2015) worked with several Volunteers including Mario Zuniga (Education, 2014-2016), Aya-Marie Hewlett (Agribusiness, 2013-2015),  Colin Korst (Agribusiness 2014-2016), and Elizabeth Doyle (Agribusiness, 2013-2015)  to educate about various topics including Peace Corps’ mission, malaria, HIV/AIDS, jam …

Weekly Awesome Cameroon: Malaria Prevention Education on Youth Day

National Youth Day is a national holiday in Cameroon on February 11th to celebrate the young people. In celebration of the holiday Roxanne Cassidy, a Youth Development Volunteer organized multiple malaria education sessions. Roxanne worked with her counterpart to teach lessons on malaria, HIV/AIDS, the importance of wearing helmets when riding motorcycles, nutrition, …

Weekly Awesome Cameroon: Mosquito Net Transformation

Peace Corps Cameroon developed its own Mosquito Net  Transformation video to support all sectors of Volunteers working in Cameroon: Community Health, Agribusiness, Youth Development, and Education, to initiate malaria-related projects in their communities. Net transformation helps people who live in housing structures or who normally sleep outside, where it may be …

Weekly Awesome Cameroon: Malaria Surveying

During Trimester 1 of FY 2015, 87 trainees received malaria education during pre-service trainings. This education included information about the life cycle of malaria, transmission rates, challenges to malaria prevention, national strategies for malaria control, and activity ideas for each targeted sector. A total of 21 Community Health, 28 Agribusiness, …

Weekly Awesome Cameroon: SMS for Life District-Level Trainings

The national roll-out of the SMS for Life project began in October 2014. A total of 26 Volunteers assisted during 14 district-level trainings and four assisted during the refresher Training of Trainers in regional capitals. The SMS for Life program allows individual health centers to send a weekly text detailing …

Weekly Awesome Cameroon: World AIDS Day HIV/Malaria Co-Infection Education

PCV Justin Park (Education) organized a mass HIV testing and education event in celebration of World AIDS Day in Dschang, Cameroon. To support this event, four Peace Corps Volunteers and two local Cameroonian volunteers taught community members about the dangers of HIV/malaria co-infection. PCVs Elizabeth Doyle (Agribusiness) Casey Silver (Agribusiness), Roxanne Cassidy …

Boot Camp XI: Bringing Stomp Back to Cameroon

written by PCV Hannah Purkey (Cameroon) As we begin to close on the two weeks of STOMP Out Malaria Boot Camp in Senegal, I can’t help but think, wow. These past two weeks have been an opportunity to study the ins and outs of a disease that affects millions of …

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.

Jeunes Contre Le Palu! (Youth Against Malaria!)

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Alongside local teachers and nurses, Ben DeMuth (Agribuisness PCV) and Emily Feher (Health PCV) developed and implemented a short youth-centered program for the students at the high school and technical school in their village called Jeunes Contre le Palu (Youth against malaria). It was a program that taught life skills such as how to set a goal and make a plan of action to reach their goals, but also focused on malaria transmission and prevention, and how they can be agents of change in their community to promote healthy malaria prevention behaviors.

SMS for Life Training of Regional Trainers in Cameroon

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From May 6-8, 2014, Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) helped facilitate the SMS for Life training of regional trainers in Mbalmayo, Cameroon. Malaria No More, Greenmash Inc. and central level staff from the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) held a three-day workshop and successfully trained the regional trainers and representatives from …

Peace Corps Cameroon Hosts Malaria “Test, Talk and Treat” Campaign

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  To commemorate the 7th Annual World Malaria Day on April 25, 2014, Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) and staff partnered with the Cameroon Red Cross and the Cameroon Ministry of Public Health to host a one-day malaria testing and educational campaign, testing 500 people with rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) donated …

Weekly Awesome Partnerships: Installing a Malaria Advisory Team in Cameroon

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Peace Corps Cameroon recognizes the value of partnerships in the fight to end malaria.  On November 8, 2013, members of the newly created Malaria Advisory Team had their first official meeting, with the topic of partnership development high on the agenda. Members of the team include: Four Peace Corps Volunteers …

Weekly Awesome Cameroon: Implementing SMS for Life in Cameroon

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Peace Corps Cameroon is building a partnership with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) as part of our Stomping Out Malaria initiative.  Peace Corps volunteers have a great opportunity to partner with the NMCP through the SMS for Life program. The project is integrating 13 volunteers, from all sectors, representing …

Cameroon’s Post-World Malaria Day Report

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Here’s a snapshot of some World Malaria Day activities in Cameroon: The big World Malaria Day concert at the Palais du Sport was a big success! More than twenty PCVs and several staff members attended and thoroughly enjoyed it. Imoite will write more on this later but wants everyone to …

19 avril 2013, Cameroun

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Greetings fellow Stompers! As World Malaria Day 2013 approaches, we’d like to update the Cameroon Blog to reflect some activities planned by vounteers, as well as what some PCVs here are already doing: PCV Samantha McLean has been giving malaria lessons to mothers and antenatal groups and is also working …

Cameroon is Stomping Out Malaria

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Stomping Out Malaria in Africa ….. What audacity! What bravado! Yet this is exactly the challenge that Peace Corps Cameroon Volunteers have decided to undertake. What’s more, we sincerely believe that that we can succeed in this task! Malaria is the number one killer of children under 5 years old …