The 14th Annual NMCP Best Practices Sharing Workshop in Mozambique

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By: Colleen Huysman, Peace Corps Volunteer, Mozambique “Any goal short of eradicating malaria is accepting malaria. “ ~Melinda Gates Peace Corps Mozambique has had a partnership with Novartis Malaria Initiative for over a year. Novartis Malaria Initiative has donated over 3,500 “Tatu Luta Contra a Malaria” (Tatu fights malaria) books …

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 Explained by a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique

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written by PCV Robin Picard (Mozambique) While Hallmark promotes holidays such as Grandparent’s Day and National Kitten Day in the US, we celebrate Tuberculosis Day and Malaria Month all over Africa. April is designated as Malaria Awareness Month.  The idea is that with an increased effort the world at large, and …

Weekly Awesome Games: Malaria Board Game Hits Mozambique

During the 2014 STOMP Out Malaria Month Competition Angela Nguyen, Mozambique Health Volunteer, gave a lesson about malaria to her REDES girl’s empowerment club. The club discussed what malaria is, transmission, prevention, at risk populations, symptoms and treatment. They also talked about the importance of knowing the symptoms of malaria and …

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 …

Weekly Awesome Mozambique: Malaria Awareness at Sports Camp in Mocuba

Regan Simpson, Health Volunteer, in Mocuba, Zambezia, organized a week-long health summer camp for 55 kids between 8 and 14 years of age with her organization, Osivela Wa Yesu. Three other Volunteers arrived in Mocuba for the week to help Regan with the camp. The camp focused on health topics …

Mozambique Weekly Awesome: Malaria Education for Teacher Trainers in Pemba

With the end of the school year quickly approaching and the intrinsic motivation of the students rapidly declining, it was clear something needed to be done to recharge Kristina Kennedy’s English classes at the Teacher Training Institute in Pemba, Mozambique. Kristina created an in class competition to take the pain out of …

Mozambique Weekly Awesome: “Tatu Luta Contra a Malaria”

In April 2014, Peace Corps Mozambique received a generous donation of 1,000 Malaria booklets from Novartis Pharma AG. The booklets tell the story, “Tatu luta contra a malaria” (Tatu fights against malaria), showing the story of a young girl who gets malaria and then goes to the hospital to get …

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 …

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 …

Mozambique Weekly Awesome: Grassroot Soccer Workshop

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This past week Mozambique held it’s first Grassroot Soccer Training of Trainers (TOT) in Chizavane,Gaza. Three members of the Grassroots Soccer staff flew from South Africa to train nine Peace Corps volunteer’s and their counterparts from across the country on the implementation of the PC SKILLZ. The training was amazing, …

Mozambique Weekly Awesome: Malaria Awareness at Timbila Festival

Peace Corps Mozambique Malaria Booth at Timbila Festival 2014.

Every year in Quissico, Inhambane the Timbila Festival is celebrated the last weekend of August. The Timbila Festival (M’saho) – a local tradition, has turned into a national event. The Timbila itself is a xylophone made up of wooden slats of the sneezewort tree called “mhwnjhe” in Chopi (the local …

Weekly Awesome HIV & Malaria Co-infection: Sports Clinic Promotes Healthy Living in Mozambique

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AJOPEM (Associacao de Jovens Para a Evangelizacao em Melodia) is an organization that provides youth outreach to orphans and vulnerable children ages 10-17 in Gurue District, Zambezia Province. On October 19th, 2013, AJOPEM launched a malaria and HIV/AIDS youth sports clinic, during which 30 orphans and vulnerable children in Gurue participated in various malaria …

Weekly Awesome Partnerships: Peace Corps and IRS in Mozambique

PCV Jessica Williams working with IRS campaign in Milange, Mozambique

In Mozambique three forms of malaria prevention are being used on the community level:  bed net distributions, intermittent preventive treatment of malaria for pregnant women (IPTp), and indoor residual spraying (IRS). The latter, though effective, is seldom used due to price and lack of acceptance. However, in Milange, Zambezia, PCV …

Mozambique Goes to Malaria Boot Camp VIII

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Peace Corps Mozambique was thrilled to attend Malaria Boot Camp for the third year in a row! The Boot Camp was held in September in Thies, Senegal and had an outstanding 18 African countries represented. The training covered everything from the basics of malaria to the intricacies of the parasite …

A Volunteer’s Perspective: Behavior Change Through Community Theater

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Written by 2nd year Peace Corps Volunteer Jessica Williams (Milange, Zambezia Province) There have been many successful net distribution campaigns in Mozambique over the past few years to prevent malaria.  In fact, a recent report stated that USAID had dispersed about 20 million bed nets since 2007.  This is fantastic …

Weekly Awesome Mozambique: Malaria Work in the Community with Taylor, Joe and Patrick

"Raciadores" at Xai Xai's World Malaria Day Fair

For World Malaria Day, Health Volunteer Taylor Morsillo worked with her REDES (Peace Corps Mozambique’s “Girls in Development, Education and Health” Empowerment Program) group in Zavala, Inhambane province to create a 10-minute theater piece about malaria, highlighting topics such as risks of sleeping without a bednet, proper net usage, recognizing …

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Weekly Awesome Mozambique: Radio Fun with Alden and Olivia

Alden Jacobs and Olivia Drouhaut are Health Volunteers in Chibuto, Gaza Province. They used the skills they learned from a training on the open-source audio-editing program Audacity to create a minute-long radio spot in Portuguese to promote bednet usage in their community. The spot is currently running intermittently throughout the …

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Weekly Awesome Mozambique: Spotlight on Youth Activities and Malaria Prevention with Wendy, Mary-Kate and Colleen

Alfonso (an Activista at Lemusica), the kids and Wendy

Most Peace Corps Mozambique Volunteers are involved in some form of activity with youth, whether it’s through teaching, placements with organizations that focus on youth outreach, or with secondary projects like REDES (Peace Corps Mozambique’s “Girls in Development, Education and Health” Empowerment Program) or JUNTOS (Peace Corps Mozambique’s “Youth United …