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 …

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. …

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 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 …

World Malaria Month 2015: Bringing Malaria Education into the Classroom

Written by: Hannah Harrison, ZMC Communications Director Peace Corps/Zambia is celebrating the efforts of PCV, Kaitlan Melone, for her creativity to combat malaria during the Peace Corps Zambia World Malaria Month Competition. Kaitlan lives in Zambia’s Northern Province and has been serving as an Education Volunteer since June 2013. Kaitlan …

Weekly Awesome Cameroon: Malaria Education During Regional Agriculture Fair

Peace Corps was represented at the most recent Bamenda Annual Northwest Agricultural Fair. Jacob Moore (Agribusiness, 2012-2015) worked with several Volunteers including Mario Zuniga (Education, 2014-2016), Aya-Marie Hewlett (Agribusiness, 2013-2015),  Colin Korst (Agribusiness 2014-2016), and Elizabeth Doyle (Agribusiness, 2013-2015)  to educate about various topics including Peace Corps’ mission, malaria, HIV/AIDS, jam …

Gambia Weekly Awesome: Welcoming Rainy Season with Warnings about Malaria

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After a June storm that rendered the sky dark saffron from dust, the air chilled from turbulent winds, and the land moist from rain, The Gambia officially entered the rainy season. Health Volunteer Di Yi “Jessica” He welcomed the change of weather by coordinating multiple malaria sensitization activities in and around her Upper River Region village called Kulari.jess

“Kame ke gana li, sirimu gabu wa liini; siriumu ku gana li, I lawa malaria kini angda ado ang dimbaya da.” Jessica explains in Serehule: when the rains come, many mosquitoes will come, too; when the mosquitoes come, they are able to give you and your family malaria. This phrase initiated many of Jessica’s malaria-related activities including malaria sensitization sessions, bed net stitching, and neem cream (a local, homemade insecticide) demonstrations.

The Big Day of Malaria at VTC Mpanda: Umunsi Mukuru wa Malariya at VTC Mpanda

During a Peace Corps- sponsored Behavior Change Communication and Project Design & Management conference in February, I worked with my counterparts, Nshimyimana Beatrice and Niyorugira Placide, to develop a malaria event at our school, VTC Mpanda, located in southern Rwanda’s Ruhango District. The mosquito nets obtained by the previous Peace …

Malaria Month Madness at Peace Corps Rwanda: The Scavenger Hunt

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This World Malaria Month, my region, the Best Coast (West Coast) wanted to do something big to win. We wanted to show the rest of the country stompers that despite our small numbers and previous lack of participation and general excitement in any and all STOMP events, we could rally …

Rwanda’s First Bike Out Malaria Campaign: Day Four

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By Education Volunteer Jonathan Padway We awoke with pain between our thighs. The final day had arrived and after countless kilometers through the thousand hills we were feeling it. But, malaria rests for no person, so we wouldn’t rest for it. The final trek wasn’t nearly as treacherous as day …

Rwanda’s First Bike Out Malaria Campaign: Day Three

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By Health Volunteer Claire Brosnihan Claire Brosnihan, Peace Corps volunteer and mastermind of the Bike Out Malaria Campaign, takes a break in the middle of a long ride. On Thursday, March 5, we awoke to our PCV host preparing an amazing breakfast spread for us. We were all in good …

Rwanda’s First Bike Out Malaria Campaign: Day Two

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By Health Volunteer, Kim Sprout   We woke up nice and early to organize all our bikes and get ready for our first and most intensive day of biking. Considering I had logged three hours of biking in the past 10 years, I was slightly concerned about the long day …

Rwanda’s First Bike Out Malaria Campaign: Day One

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By Health Volunteer, Ian Allen This past month the Stomp Out Malaria team in Rwanda started their first Malaria Bike Tour Campaign. The bikers took five days to navigate through Rwanda’s Eastern Province, one of the most affected areas in the country. After biking each day they would teach a lesson either …

Rwanda’s First Bike Out Malaria Campaign: Introduction

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By Education Volunteer, Lauren Wright As part of the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa project, 11 PCVs hopped on bicycles in March to participate in Peace Corps Rwanda’s first Biking Out Malaria Campaign. We riders were hosted by four other PCVs, who kindly allowed us to take over their houses …

Malaria Education and Indoor Residual Spraying in Rwanda

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  by Bob Viglietta A couple of months ago, my entire district, southern Rwanda’s Gisagara District, took part in Rwanda’s National Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) Campaign. A team of Rwandans traveled around the sectors and went village-by-village to spray the indoor walls of houses with insecticide. Last year, my local …

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

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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

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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 …

Raising Malaria Awareness with Theater in Senegal

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By PCV Katherine Ralston In a large village outside the regional capital of Kolda, the annual end-of-school celebration was fast approaching and the program was in need of a theatrical component. Every school year, the population of Santankoye nearly doubles as students move in from surrounding villages and the regional …