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 …

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 …

World Malaria Month 2015: Murals and More in Malawi

written by: Beccy Burleson, PCV Malawi In Peace Corps we devote the entire month of April to activities promoting the eradication of malaria in Africa. We call it World Malaria Month. Malaria remains a huge problem in Africa. Actually, it remains a huge problem worldwide, with approximately 207 million cases …

World Malaria Month 2015: Adam’s First Blog Post Ever

written by: Adam Nothem (this post is an adaptation of Adam’s original post “Malaria in the Village“) My name is Adam Nothem. I’m a Peace Corps Health Volunteer in a small village in the southern-most region in Tanzania. I am also the Regional Malaria Coordinator for Mtwara region, Lindi region, …

Weekly Awesome Senegal: Universal Bed Net Distribution Continues in Senegal

In December 2014, the Kaffrine, Kaolack, and Fatick regions in central Senegal held a universal bed net distribution. After being trained in census-taking, community health workers went to every household in their community to check if each sleeping space has a useable mosquito net. Any nets that were more than …

Weekly Awesome Cameroon: Malaria Surveying

During Trimester 1 of FY 2015, 87 trainees received malaria education during pre-service trainings. This education included information about the life cycle of malaria, transmission rates, challenges to malaria prevention, national strategies for malaria control, and activity ideas for each targeted sector. A total of 21 Community Health, 28 Agribusiness, …

Weekly Awesome Mozambique Malaria Mural in Homoine, Inhambane

There is a new Malaria Prevention Mural in Homoine, Inhambane. It all started in April during Malaria Awareness Month. Peace Corps Volunteer Melanie Bolden collaborated with the University of Albany, where she is getting a Masters in Public Health.  She submitted a short video for her classmates to play during …

Uganda Bites Back! Malaria Education Through VHT Training

Written by Kristina Sandfoss PCV Kendra Smith is based in a rural village in Kiruhura District in Southwestern Uganda. Uganda Bites Back, a project Kendra created, coordinates two-day malaria workshops for Village Health Teams (VHT) comprised of local volunteers that assist with distributing health education, skills and assessments to community members. The …

Togo Weekly Awesome: What Can You Use Empty Cans For?

Last month PCV Chelsea Clarke put some empty tin cans to good use. Chelsea lives in a small village in northern Togo. Though she is an environmental volunteer, she knows that malaria affects EVERYBODY and she wanted to do something about it. Chelsea got the idea for making portable mosquito …

Benin Weekly Awesome: Training Mothers to be Leaders in Malaria Prevention

My Care Group is one of my favorite projects because it involves empowering women to better take care of themselves, their families, and their communities. We call these volunteers Leader Mothers. After receiving training, each of our Leader Mothers educates ten other women in the community on those same topics. …

Mozambique Weekly Awesome: Positivo Malaria Music in Gaza

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Youth in Gaza Province have been busy taking a musical stand against Malaria. Youth groups in Chibuto, Chidenguele, Manjacaze and Xai-Xai have created their own original music working with Positivo, an association based in Inhambane that creates music for raising awareness about Health and Social matters. Positivo promotes positive learning opportunities …

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 …

TBT: My one year anniversary on World Malaria Day

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Do you miss reading about World Malaria Day? So do we! This week we are throwing it back to an incredible volunteer, highlighting her admirable efforts on World Malaria Day. Check out Sarah Genelle Castagnola, as she reflects on her first year of service and overcoming challenges in the field.

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 …

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 …