World Malaria Month 2015: Using Technology to Make IRS in Zambia More Effective

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Written by: Hannah Harrison, ZMC Communications Director Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is one of the key interventions used in Zambia in the fight against malaria. John Esplana is a Peace Corps Response Volunteer that has played an instrumental role in rolling out and monitoring the implementation of this key malaria …

Weekly Awesome Mozambique: PCV in Guija, Gaza Has a New Role with IRS

This year Guija’s Indoor Residual Spraying team will be making a bigger difference in their community.  In addition to spraying houses, the team has agreed to conduct household surveys to assess people’s use of malaria prevention measures. The idea to conduct household surveys came about after Health Volunteer, Marieka Walsh, spoke …

Botswana Weekly Awesome: Hacking the Chobe Sun to Complete Tablet-based Surveys

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written by Kim True, Bots 14 Before the heavy rain season, between November and January each year, District Health Management Teams (DHMT) offer free Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) to households living in malaria-endemic regions of Botswana. The Ministry of Health credits IRS as the key intervention in vector control resulting …

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 …

Weekly Awesome Partnerships: Peace Corps and IRS in Mozambique

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In Mozambique three forms of malaria prevention are being used on the community level:  bed net distributions, intermittent preventive treatment of malaria for pregnant women (IPTp), and indoor residual spraying (IRS). The latter, though effective, is seldom used due to price and lack of acceptance. However, in Milange, Zambezia, PCV …

Weekly Awesome Senegal: Volunteer Research Trainings

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Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is part of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) strategy to reduce malaria rates, and it constitutes about 25 percent of their spending in Senegal. Peace Corps is now working with PMI to help ensure that those dollars are well-spent. One of Senegal’s PMI Resident Advisors, Julie …

Experienced Entomologist Brings New Ideas to Malaria Work and Research in Uganda

Bega kwa Bega Uganda Orphans (BKB) is an Ugandan organization that helps orphans to remain in their homes and offers simple preventative and curative treatments to rural populations through mobile health clinics.

By: PCV Chris Peterson Chris Peterson comes to Peace Corps Uganda after 11 years with the US Forest Service, where he conducted pesticide longevity research studies. Chris has a PhD from Iowa State University in entomology and toxicology, and his dissertation was on insect repellents, so he has a deep …

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Malaria Prevention in Uganda

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Uganda became active in the Stomping Out Malaria initiative in February of 2012. With 122 volunteers placed in every region of the country there is potential to create an effective malaria prevention plan. According to the Presidents Malaria Initiative (PMI), “Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in …