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 …

Weekly Awesome Madagascar: Historical LLIN Distribution Scheduled for 2015

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Written by: Liz Toomey, Malaria Coordinator The largest LLIN distribution in the history of Madagascar is scheduled to take place this September-November.  There will be over 11 million nets distributed in 92 out of the 112 districts in Madagascar by PMI/Global Fund.  With an estimated population of 23 million citizens …

Boot camp Prepared Me for World Malaria Day in Madagascar

Written by 2nd year Education PCV,  Emily Biester According to last year’s World Malaria Report, the mortality rate from malaria on the continent of Africa fell by 54% between 2001 and 2013. The fight against malaria, however, continues to face significant challenges and setbacks: bed net misuse, stock outs, and a …

Madagascar’s Malaria Comic Book

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Written By Olivia Markwalder & Liz Toomey In 2014, Education PCV Olivia Markwalder helped organize  a Youth Leadership Camp in Mitsinjo Park that focused heavily on environmental and malaria education. The camp was organized by seven East coast Volunteers and was the first Peace Corps  Madagascar malaria/environment youth leadership camp. …

Successful Malaria Events Turn Volunteers into Celebrities in Eastern Madagascar

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Written by Liz Toomey, Stomp Coordinator During World Malaria Month three Health Volunteers. Rachel Gillett, Alicia Adler and Sam Hong,  collectively coordinated a series of malaria events they held at all three of their eastern Madagascar sites.  The Volunteers did not anticipate how HUGE these events would be.  During the …

Madagascar Women’s Seamstress Group Dedicated to Bed Net Care and Repair

The women's group learn to strengthen mosquito nets by sewing cloth to the bottom to serve as lining.

Written by Liz Toomey, Peace Corps Madagascar Malaria Coordinator In early  2013, Paul Johnson, a 2nd year Environment PCV in the southeast of Madagascar, coordinate a G.L.O.W (Girls Leading Our World) camp that was held in a larger city about 12 hours from his tiny, tropical village.  During this camp, one of …

Malaria PCV of the Week: Camille Yameen, Madagascar

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The Scoop on Camille Camille began her service as a Health PCV in April of 2014, and has been kickin’ malaria butt and taking names ever since.  She lives in a village in a coastal region in the south east of Madagascar; an area of particularly high malaria transmission. Stellar Stats …

World Malaria Month 2015: Malaria Education in a Leper Community

Written by Loren Diesi, Education PCV Madagascar 2013-2015 He walked next to me, crutches moving under his arms as I carried his bucket down to the river. He sat down a few feet from the river bank, trying to keep out of the heat. I took a few steps into …

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 Madagascar: Volunteer Spotlight: Ellen Miller

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Ellen Miller is a Health PCV in a small village in the northwest region. According to the Malaria Operating Plan of Fiscal Year 2013, the entire west coast has the second-highest prevalence of malaria in children under five years, of 3.9%. The climate of the Northwest region is very hot …

Weekly Awesome Madagascar: Malaria Partners Celebrate World Malaria Day

Public Health students Mamy, Seheno, Antso, Dorasse, Barbara and MI Coordinator Raffaele Macri get ready for the first day of the caravan.

For most of PC Africa World Malaria Day was celebrated on April 25th. For Most of PC Madagascar and other African countries it was throughout the entire month of April but for most malaria partners in Madagascar it was the 5th – 7th May. Why? You may ask. That’s because the …

Weekly Awesome Madagascar: World Malaria Month Report

Emily Silman and Jeremy Cahill at one of the World Malaria Day Sud Est festivals.

The month of April was the busiest for PCVs all over Madagascar. In total 57 PCVs and 36 PCTs participated in events making a grand total of 97 total participants out of the 129 volunteers in country. A list with some numbers of the activities around Madagascar: 4 murals painted …

Nicole Pampanin: Why I Care So Much

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By: PCV Nicole Pampanin, PC/Madagascar In July 2010, while volunteering in Ghana for the fourth time, my 13-year-old friend, Jennifer passed away from malaria. After finding out about Jennifer’s death, I wrote the following: “As tears run down my face, Alex tells me how in Africa, things are different than …

Kimberly Conner: Every Volunteer is a Malaria Volunteer

Small Business PCV Amy Wallace and Carolyn Cella with students after they made malaria awareness posters.

When I first heard that the Peace Corps initiative Stomping Out Malaria in Africa had a vision of every Peace Corps volunteer being a “malaria volunteer”, meaning every volunteer regardless of sector would be active in malaria awareness projects, I was a bit skeptical. As a Community Health volunteer I have an …

Corey Ackerman: World Malaria Month – 3 communities, 3 festivals, ONE week

Brynna Hoggard and her EPP students with their dream banners.

By: PCV Corey Ackerman, PC/Madagascar With World Malaria Month activities happening all over Africa, Corey Ackerman was excited to bring some of the festivities to her small village on the East Coast of Madagascar. Her village of Tsarasambo, has a population of about 2000. Situated in a malaria endemic region …

Raffaele Macri: The Tables Have Turned…Trainees Are Now Malaria Teachers

April 25, 2013 marked the second World Malaria Day event for a PST group in Mantasoa, Madagascar. 36 Peace Corps Health and Agriculture trainees took part in the biggest Bed Net Care and Repair event that Mantasoa has ever seen. The event marked an important time in their PST because …