Botswana Weekly Awesome: Bringing Sexy Back to Malaria Prevention

It can be extremely challenging to implement and mobilize community members to take action against malaria in Botswana, particularly when HIV/AIDS epidemic is a much bigger battle. Only 50% of the population technically resides within malaria-endemic areas and  less than 100 malaria-related deaths are reported annually. Botswana’s overwhelming successes in …

Botswana Weekly Awesome: How do you eat an elephant?

Why, piece by piece of course. The idea of creating an accurate and detailed map can be overwhelming. The necessity of capturing each and every building, house, shop, road, school, footpath seems like an elephant of a task. But maps are important; they are a visual representation of our world, …

Botswana Weekly Awesome: Stomp it Out Music Video Pt 2 – PCV Chad’s Wish

By Chad Anderson PCV Chad Anderson worked with local artists to create this vibrant, and catchy malaria music video. Below he writes about his experiences; from learning about malaria, to his transition from Mali to Botswana, and finally the process of creating the music video. Chad, closed-out his service, but his …

Big Books, Big Fun!

By PCV Roberta Connors After returning from Stomp Boot Camp X in June, I was inspired to do a project that was taught to us by Peace Corps Uganda.  “Big Books” are teaching aids made out of rice sacks. The best part about them is that you can make any …

Help Me Map My Village!

The hot season is starting here in Botswana bringing with it brutal 100 degrees and up heat and a lot of mosquitoes.  This season we are gearing up our efforts to prevent malaria across the country. Botswana is lucky to be in the elimination phase, we have a lower number of …

Mozambique Weekly Awesome: An Interactive Training of Trainers

In Mozambique, malaria is the #1 cause of death. For the past seven years the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative has supported the Mozambican Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Control Program in mass net distributions. This year, they ensured every home received a net for each sleeping space in …

Cameroon: Reinvigorating malaria prevention efforts

How can you make a town hear a message they’ve fallen deaf to? Well, with a megaphone, of course!

Unfortunately, people here in Cameroon already know about malaria. I call it unfortunate because if they had never heard of it, and you told them about a brand new illness that killed more African children every year than anything else, they would fear it. They would rise up in arms to fight it at all costs, saving their lives and their children’s lives. But malaria isn’t new to them. It isn’t sexy. It’s mundane, and they aren’t motivated or compelled to inconvenience themselves to fight it, even when the inconvenience is hanging a mosquito net that was given to them free of cost.

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 HIV/AIDS & Malaria Co-Infection: Rusizi Radio Project

Students from GS St. Esprit Mushaka record a sketch for the radio.

As the few minutes of twilight turned to dark, we were still waiting for the sound engineers to arrive. The students were losing hope and I was losing them. One by one they left the school disappointed. When the sound engineers finally arrived an hour and a half late I …

Rwandan BE Campers Get Education in Malaria Prevention

BE campers crowd under a sheet during a malaria education game at BE Camp in Rusizi District, Rwanda.

This August, I joined several PCVs in introducing malaria education to BE (Boys Excelling) Camp in the Rusizi District. The Camp, which primarily teaches teenage boys about health and leadership skills, was the first ever to be held in the district. Fifty boys and ten junior facilitators participated in malaria …

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 …

Malaria Month: The Togo 2013 Report

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Throughout the month of April, volunteers from all over Togo held World Malaria Day activities. Here are just a few examples of how volunteers shared information about malaria with their communities: Sarah Hogan, a Health Volunteer, traveled to a nearby village with a local youth group to perform skits. The …

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 …

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 …

PC Film Crew Visits STOMP PCVS in Zambia to learn more about the Net Durability Study!

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David Berger, Brittany McFall, Tiffany Safia, Bob Morris, Jane Coleman  Edward Perry and Lee Gillenwater visited Zambia in May 2012 for a week to learn more about the Stomp PMI/CDC Net Durability Study. All were great sports and spoke on their experience in the study, how much they have enjoyed being part of a research …

Cameroon is Stomping Out Malaria

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Stomping Out Malaria in Africa ….. What audacity! What bravado! Yet this is exactly the challenge that Peace Corps Cameroon Volunteers have decided to undertake. What’s more, we sincerely believe that that we can succeed in this task! Malaria is the number one killer of children under 5 years old …