Kick Out Malaria Trek in The Gambia

The synopsis: the Kick Out Malaria curriculum works and more volunteers should host it at their school!

Written by Jessica He, a Health Volunteer who serves in the Upper River Division of The Gambia Video by Cara Sandquist, an Education Volunteer in the Western Region of The Gambia Photos by The Gambia PCVs Michael Alvarez, Beth Eanelli and Jessica Fryman The Kick Out Malaria (KOM) trek is a …

Spreading Malaria Awareness from Madagascar to NYC!

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Written by: Liz Toomey, Malaria Coordinator At the end of World Malaria Month I received an intriguing email from Teneasha Pierson, current Communications and Media Manager  with Stomp Out Malaria in Africa.  She connected me to Wendy Seuram, a 3rd grade teacher at PSMS34 on the Lower East Side of …

Using Education to Reduce Malaria in The Gambia

All students signed a banner to promise to sleep under their nets every night.

written by Meghan Scripture. Adapted version of a post originally published on Meghan’s blog.  While there are many common threads woven within the missions and goals of Peace Corps volunteers in African countries, it is the attempt to control malaria that is the greatest common struggle.  It is an unfortunate reality of …

World Malaria Month 2015: Bringing Malaria Education into the Classroom

Written by: Hannah Harrison, ZMC Communications Director Peace Corps/Zambia is celebrating the efforts of PCV, Kaitlan Melone, for her creativity to combat malaria during the Peace Corps Zambia World Malaria Month Competition. Kaitlan lives in Zambia’s Northern Province and has been serving as an Education Volunteer since June 2013. Kaitlan …

World Malaria Month 2015: Murals and More in Malawi

written by: Beccy Burleson, PCV Malawi In Peace Corps we devote the entire month of April to activities promoting the eradication of malaria in Africa. We call it World Malaria Month. Malaria remains a huge problem in Africa. Actually, it remains a huge problem worldwide, with approximately 207 million cases …

World Malaria Month 2015: Adam’s First Blog Post Ever

written by: Adam Nothem (this post is an adaptation of Adam’s original post “Malaria in the Village“) My name is Adam Nothem. I’m a Peace Corps Health Volunteer in a small village in the southern-most region in Tanzania. I am also the Regional Malaria Coordinator for Mtwara region, Lindi region, …

World Malaria Month 2015: Cameroon Sings

Lauren Funtanilla (Youth Development, 2013-2015) and Sarah Keene (Education, 2013-2015) worked with children at the Catholic Mission in their community in the East region to develop a malaria-themed song. A total of 32 elementary school students learned the song. Lauren and Sarah hope the students will perform the song on World …

Weekly Awesome Madagascar: Impromptu Malaria Events, Gasy Style

Written by: Liz Toomey, PCRV, Malaria Coordinator Earlier this month PCVs from the east coast of Madagascar decided to incorporate a Malaria Event in one of the local elementary schools into their upcoming Volunteer Action Committee (VAC) meeting.  Organizing an event such as this requires zero funding and minimal planning, …

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: Working with Catholic Relief Services to Reach OVCs

Catholic Relief Services Cameroon is coordinating a multi-faceted project to target 19,000 orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) in the Adamawa, Northwest, East, and Center regions. The project will bring social, educational, and nutritional support to the participating OVCs. 14 Peace Corps volunteers plan to participate in the final educational support component of this project. As education …

Boot Camp XI: A New Appreciation for Monitoring and Evaluation

written by: Ron Walters, Peace Corps Volunteer (Benin) If you were bored and decided (for some odd reason) to search in the dictionary for “cliche English graduate”, you would probably find my picture. I am a vocal defender of the humanities, an outspoken advocate for the inherent worth of an …

Weekly Awesome Mozambique: Malaria Awareness at Sports Camp in Mocuba

Regan Simpson, Health Volunteer, in Mocuba, Zambezia, organized a week-long health summer camp for 55 kids between 8 and 14 years of age with her organization, Osivela Wa Yesu. Three other Volunteers arrived in Mocuba for the week to help Regan with the camp. The camp focused on health topics …

Mozambique Weekly Awesome: Malaria Education for Teacher Trainers in Pemba

With the end of the school year quickly approaching and the intrinsic motivation of the students rapidly declining, it was clear something needed to be done to recharge Kristina Kennedy’s English classes at the Teacher Training Institute in Pemba, Mozambique. Kristina created an in class competition to take the pain out of …

Gambia Weekly Awesome: Football Tournament Meets Health Fair

The boys of Sabi village in the Upper River Region sat in anticipation to start a three day program to stomp out malaria, organized by PCV Elizabeth Livingston. The idea to combine Grassroots Soccer, a football tournament and a malaria health fair all became a reality a few weeks ago. Elizabeth found Mpahoreh Sillah, …

Big Books, Big Fun!

By PCV Roberta Connors After returning from Stomp Boot Camp X in June, I was inspired to do a project that was taught to us by Peace Corps Uganda.  “Big Books” are teaching aids made out of rice sacks. The best part about them is that you can make any …

Gambia Weekly Awesome: Launching Grassroots Soccer in The Gambia

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Since I came to The Gambia in March 2014 I have wanted to work with kids; now I’m finally getting my chance. After spending over a year in my primary assignment in the National Malaria Control Program, mostly at a desk, I have been itching to run all over playing sports with children. Living in the greater Banjul area with a very small host family in an entirely tiled compound, I haven’t had the experience I was envisioning when joining Peace Corps. Most Peace Corps volunteers go through this adjustment period of what they were expecting and what their specific experience has actually turned out to include.

One thing I have learned after my 19 months in country is that this is MY service. This is a bit of a tricky concept because after all it is service. I came to serve, wherever there was need and however I could. But if I am unproductive or unhappy that service can start losing its meaning very quickly. The last few months I have begun to add a few secondary projects to the work I am doing here and it has transformed my experience. I might not be making a difference, it’s hard to tell…but I am happy again and happiness makes it a lot easier to keep trying. One of the most exciting secondary projects that I have added is the launching of the Grassroots Soccer’s “Malaria Skillz” curriculum in a local Senior Secondary school. This simple, exciting and engaging curriculum uses games with football to teach essential malaria lessons.

Ramping Up Malaria Prevention After Successful IRS campaign in Rwanda

In 2012, Rwanda’s Nyagatare District, located in the northeast corner of the country bordering Uganda and Tanzania, had 40% of all malaria cases in Rwanda. Due to its relatively flat geography, high temperatures and cross-border contamination, Nyagatare has all the ingredients for a malaria disaster. During the months of December …

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.

Is Education about Malaria Enough to Make a Difference?

Malaria is a disease that ails many people in Rwanda. With lower elevations and a tropical climate in this country’s Eastern province, there are more cases of malaria reported than in other parts of the country. As a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in the Eastern Province, I have witnessed teachers, …

Weekly Awesome Uganda: Students Leading the Way

Student leaders educating their peers on malaria prevention

Composed by Cindy Floyd, Education Volunteer I am a secondary education volunteer, and I have been working with student leaders at my school doing malaria education and prevention activities. Several of my students and I have presented malaria facts along with reading the big book “Beware of Mrs Mosquito” at …