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.