Weekly Awesome Ghana: Volunteers Ghana Do Some Data Collection

by Olesya Trakhimets, SWAT Malaria Northern Region Representative and Jane Ng Peace Corps Ghana’s Standing with Africa to Terminate Malaria (SWAT Malaria) committee is linking PCVs in the field with the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative to assist PMI with ongoing data collection and explore new areas for research and collaboration. During …

Weekly Awesome Ghana: Empowering Every Sector

By Lynda Mick, SWAT Malaria Chairman Far too many lives are lost to malaria each year, especially here in Ghana. As a health sector volunteer I was trained to educate my community on malaria prevention, treatment, and general awareness at various points thought my pre-service training (PST). However, I was …

Weekly Awesome Ghana: GLOW Get Those Mosquitoes, Girls!

by Lynda Mick, SWAT Malaria Chairman There’s no question that the take home message at this year’s Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) camp will live on. This past April the stage was set for success as Peace Corps Volunteers poured their sweat, fanta, and lots of coffee into preparing for …

Weekly Awesome Ghana: Malaria Defense Project Brings Baby Nets to Ghana

by Stephanie Potts, SWAT Malaria Financial Officer Peace Corps Ghana’s Standing With Africa to Terminate Malaria (SWAT) committee partnered with Malaria Defense Project to bring 50 baby pop-up nets to newborns and expectant mothers in two communities in the Central Region. Babies are more likely to have a fatal outcome …

Tap Tap SWAT! Ghana adds a modern twist to one of Peace Corps oldest initiatives

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For Peace Corps volunteers, the rate at which we are required to adapt to new situations with creativity and flexibility can at times be overwhelming. The limited stay in our host countries, combined with the speed at which the international community is developing alongside our villages, builds pressure for action. Thankfully, recent technological developments and greater ease of access to various mobile devices has set the stage for a dramatic shift in the way Peace Corps volunteers work with their host countries to disseminate valuable life saving information.

In an effort to optimize resources, Peace Corps Ghana’s SWAT Malaria Initiative (Standing With Africa to Terminate Malaria Initiative) teamed up with Tech Think Tank and an impressive crew of nearly 27 computer programmers to address one of Ghana’s greatest burdens, malaria. The result of this collaboration was a “Hackathon,” with malaria being the sole focus.

Bringing the “Gold Standard” to a gold mining community

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By: Alisa Langford When Peace Corps volunteer and Master’s International student Matthew Ward came to Ghana to work on his Public Health thesis about tropical medicine, he naturally chose one of the most deadly and prevalent diseases here – malaria. Matthew first aimed to increase the quality of care for …

Weekly Awesome Ghana: “Mop up” bed net distributions in Ghana

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Written by:  PCV Alisa Langford When health volunteers came to their sites, fresh from training, and ready to educate about malaria and the importance of sleeping under a bed net they were met with an unexpected challenge – not all community members received nets during the recent “universal coverage” campaign. …

Weekly Awesome Ghana: Where There is No Sector

Cory Loudenslager kicked off her malaria education work through a mural depicting the importance of sleeping under a bed net on World Malaria Day this year.

Where there is no sector: Agriculture volunteer Cory Loudenslager addresses malaria education in the Upper West Region of Ghana By: Alisa Langford When she’s not going to farm, working with her women’s group, facilitating income generating projects, rearing rabbits, demonstrating bee keeping or educating about the benefits of moringa, agriculture …

Johanna Twiford: Angelina’s Smile

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Angelina comes running up after school yelling ‘Sister Johanna, Sister Johanna!”. I smile and can’t help laugh as she looks up at me in her faded school dress. She smiles the biggest smile you’ve ever seen and grabs a stack of nets to carry on her head to help. We’re …

Weekly Awesome: Ghana’s Big Plans for World Malaria Day 2013

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How can we get better? How can we involve more Peace Corps Volunteers this year? What is our plan for World Malaria Day 2013? These are questions SWAT (Standing With Africa to Terminate) Malaria Team asked during the August 2012 meeting. It came down to the basics- mobilize all PCVs, …

Weekly Awesome Ghana: Team Ghana Goes to the Field

Dr. Paul Psychas of CDC with PCV Liz Magnusson reviewing notes in the field.

Does two weeks in the hot sun swatting away pesky flies, tunneling your way through thick fields of millet and praying your fragile grasp of the local language is enough to get you from Point A to Point B sound like an amazing time? For Ghana PCVs it does! For …

Weekly Awesome Ghana: March 2013 Camp Opportunity

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Camp Opportunity took place from February 24th to March 1st in the Upper West Region in Ghana.  36 exemplary girls from junior high school level attended the camp. The goal of the camp was to provide education on vocations, alternative livelihood projects/food security, health and diversity.  It also provided training …

Weekly Awesome Ghana: NightWatch PSA Campaign

PCV Sean Blaufuss spending time at his local radio station, Da Beat 95.5 FM

The scratchy pitch of the radio still dominates in small communities across Ghana and the developing world.  Men lay on thatched mats listening to the radio in an attempt to escape the stifling heat and humidity, the youth dance rhythmically to Hip Hop and Hiplife beats, and women listen patiently …

Weekly Awesome: Ghana Team at Stomp Out Malaria Boot Camp VI

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Malaria plagues the African continent even though this ancient disease is completely preventable, treatable, and curable. It continues to thrive within the expanses of sub-Saharan Africa and permeates the essence of tropical West Africa. There are a host of explanations for the disease’s virulence and complexity, and through years of …

SWAT’s Evaluation of Evaluating Trainings

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By Hannah Braun The first regional representative training occurred in early August at the Peace Corps Kumasi sub-office. One of the many topics in the two full days of training was the importance of monitoring and evaluation.  SWAT leading by example decided to evaluate if any and how much knowledge …

Cerebral Malaria Inspires PCV to Take Action in Ghana

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By Terrie Schweitzer My counterpart, Stephen Sah Kwame, and his wife, Veronica, had been at the hospital for a couple of days. This time, when I stopped by, Stephen took me back to the ward to see their son, 15-year-old Kwasi. Every day they had told me, “Oh, he is …

Upper West Region Malaria Education

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The SWAT bucket, a toolkit for malaria education, has been traveling across the Upper West Region of Ghana.  It stopped in my small farming village in mid September. First the facilitator’s malaria pictures were taken to the Primary school where over 200 smiling faces raised their hands proudly to share …

A Busy Month of September in Ghana

PCV Austin Pruett makes an impact while educating his community on malaria.

By Danny Suits (Photo: PCV Austin Pruett makes an impact while educating his community on malaria) On Wednesday, September 12, PCV Austin Pruett and I met to plan for an event in the Brong Ahafo Region. Headmaster Clement Boamah of the Stanford Basic School was present and together we agreed to …

Weekly Awesome Ghana: SWAT Regional Representative Training

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From August 7-8, 2012, Ghana’s SWAT’m (Standing With Africa to Terminate Malaria) Team gathered in Kumasi for their SWAT Regional Rep Training. The training was a 2-day intensive workshop highlighting new materials and resources learned at the Stomp Out Malaria Boot Camp IV. After attending the boot camp in June, …

Weekly Awesome Ghana: STOMPED Workshop

PCVs Carlee Nelson and Katie Kirouac help GHS professionals with a net-hanging demonstration.

On June 22, 2012, five health and agriculture volunteers kicked off the first Strategic Training of OMOA Malaria Peer EDucators (STOMPED) workshop in conjunction with the Organic Mango Outgrowers Association and Ghana Health Services. The 13 community representatives in attendance learned about the basic science of malaria, prevention and treatment, …