Tanzania Malaria Team’s Training of Trainers

Myles Hartman and his counterpart Mr. John Butuba practice mending a net as part of the training.

Written by Jocelyn Keranen and Holly Trace, Peace Corps Volunteer Leader Malaria Coordinator for Peace Corps Tanzania While the number of deaths caused by malaria has dropped drastically in the last few years, thousands of people are still dying every year in Tanzania from this preventable disease. Last week, the Tanzania Malaria …

A Malaria Health Talk at Local Health Center’s Vaccination Day

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Written by Anna Hirt, an Education volunteer who serves in the Western Province of Rwanda Ask most people in my community, as well as the surrounding area, and they’ll tell you, “malaria isn’t really that big of an issue here.” Sure, we live in a mountainous, region with a cool climate, …

Using Business Clubs to Teach the Economic Impact of Malaria

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Written by Jen Curtis, a Community Economic Development volunteer posted in southern Benin. Malaria is the leading cause of morbidity and morality in Benin among children under 5, accounting for 44% of outpatient visits and 40% of all hospitalizations. My region, in humid, rainy southern Benin, is one of the …

Malaria Information Booth in the Center of a Southern Senegal City

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In honor of Malaria Month, three Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) in the Kedougou Region of Senegal created an informational booth in the center of the city to engage passers-by with malaria information. Health PCVs Arielle Kempinsky, Sarah Mollenkopf and Laurie Ohlstein designed a five-station booth based on malaria month activities. …

A Malaria Superhero Called PaludisMan

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Designed by: Mehdi Chahin, Agroforestry PCV

Senegal Agroforestry PCV, Mehdi Chahin aimed to teach malaria prevention to the youth in a way that would be both fun and accessible. The PaludisMan project couples an educational tool featuring a fictional malaria superhero (PaludisMan) in comic format with the “Grassroot Skillz” Malaria curriculum to teach youth about the importance of malaria prevention while …

Fighting Malaria with a Cell Phone: There’s an App for That

Sarah Mollenkopf, Senegal Health PCV, introduces the mobile app to DSDOMs for use with both the passive PECADOM program as well as the active PECADOM+ model.

Several challenges exist for running successful public health programs in the developing world. Limited number of trained health professionals, low levels of literacy among community health workers, insufficient resources or equipment, and poor data collection limit the ability of program managers to make informed programmatic decisions and to guarantee quality …

Benin PCVs Host the 7th Annual Camp Success

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Written by Zach Crawford, Peace Corps Volunteer (Benin) Our Motto: “Les Filles Qui Guident Le Monde!” (“The girls who lead the world!”) 57 high-achieving girls from the Donga region of Benin. Eight PCVs. Six independent Beninese women. One inspirational week celebrating success and the joys of girlhood. This year marks …

Using Mobile Technology to Create Targeted Malaria Interventions in Zambia

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A critical step to address malaria in rural communities is to understand who malaria impacts. For Peace Corps Volunteers, finding the right tool to survey their host communities can help them create targeted and appropriate malaria interventions. Evan Brothers is an Environment Volunteer in Zambia’s Eastern Province. He has a …

Inspiring Youth to Promote Malaria Awareness

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On April 25th, 2015, Health Volunteers Katelyn Dzialowy and Melanie Bolden helped to Stomp Out Malaria at the “Vamos Falar!” Concert, an event hosted by fellow Education Volunteers Eric Cooper and Dulce Gonzalez in Maxixe, Inhambane. The event was a concert hosted at a local restaurant, Tsaka, and open to …

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 …

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 …

Senegal PCVs Throw a Malaria Block Party

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adapted from “Kolda PCVs Throw a Malaria “Block Party”” published on peacecorpssenegal.org The words “malaria” and “party” are not often found in the same sentence, but as Peace Corps Africa’s Malaria Month draws to a close, PCVs in Senegal’s Kolda region went out with a bang by hosting a neighborhood malaria …

Beautifying Bed Nets in Zambia

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On World Malaria Day, Chelsea Rinnig organized a bed net beautification project for a local women’s group. Chelsea is a Peace Corps/Zambia Environment Volunteer in Eastern Province and used malaria education as a way to further connect with her community. Chelsea decided to do a bed net beautification day after …

World Malaria Month 2015: Two-Day Malaria Education Campaign in Burkina Faso

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Written by: PCV Kristopher Mills (Burkina Faso) April 25 is the International World Malaria Day.  World Malaria Day was established and approved at the 60th World Health Assembly (WHA) in March 2007. It replaced Africa Malaria Day, which was commemorated every year since 2001 on 25 April. On World Malaria Day advocates and citizens …

World Malaria Month 2015: Rwanda’s Ten-Mile Malaria Walk

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In celebration of World Malaria Month, eight Peace Corps Volunteers in the Southern Province of Rwanda completed a ten-mile Malaria Walk to spread the message of malaria prevention to nearly 1,000 school-age children. Participants in the Walk included Community Health Volunteers Melissa Denton, Vanessa Da Costa, Grace Mullin, Tracy Abiaka, …

World Malaria Month 2015: World Malaria Day in Zambia’s Central Province

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To mark World Malaria Day, Robert Wintersteen organized a malaria education and testing day in his district for over 700 people. Robert is a Peace Corps/Zambia Health Volunteer in Central Province. The event was held in the most remote village of his district that is located 32km from the rural …

World Malaria Month 2015: World Malaria Day in Niassa Mozambique

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A personal account of World Malaria Day in Mecanhelas, Niassa by Education Volunteer Kevin Nguyen. Mecanhelas celebrated its World Malaria Day on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Staff from the local hospital and I, hand in hand, ran a successful event, showing the impact of malaria on the district of Mecanhelas and …