Boot Camp 12: Theories of Change

written by Anna Shaw, PCV Botswana When you first join Peace Corps, you’re taught about managing your expectations. As a Volunteer, you’re much more likely to create change at a micro level than you are to change the world. You might impact the life of a single person, or maybe …

Weekly Awesome Ghana: Volunteers Ghana Do Some Data Collection

by Olesya Trakhimets, SWAT Malaria Northern Region Representative and Jane Ng Peace Corps Ghana’s Standing with Africa to Terminate Malaria (SWAT Malaria) committee is linking PCVs in the field with the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative to assist PMI with ongoing data collection and explore new areas for research and collaboration. During …

63rd ASTMH: Accelerating to Zero

What impresses me the most about walking the halls of the ASTMH is the breadth of the research on display. From the most minute details of the parasite’s surface proteins to the challenge of getting drugs to millions of people in mass screen and treat (MSAT) campaigns, malaria is being …

PMI and Peace Corps Collaboration in Malawi

I’m Dan Marthey and I’m a Peace Corps volunteer in the health sector posted in the Karonga district of northern Malawi. I arrived in Malawi in March, 2013. The following September I attended Stomping-Out Malaria in Africa “Boot-Camp” in Thies, Senegal. From that point my work as a volunteer has …

Boot Camp V, Day 1: Introduction to Stomp, Building the PMI-Peace Corps Partnership

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The fifth Stomping Out Malaria in Africa Boot Camp kicked off today at 2:30 p.m. at the Peace Corps Training Center in Thiès, Senegal. Twenty-seven Peace Corps Staff and Volunteers from ten different countries congregated in Thiès, Senegal to participate in a ten-day intense malaria training. The training will bring …

Weekly Awesome Zambia: Training

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Zambia rolled out Focus-In-Train-Up (FITU) Pre-Service Training (PST) Malaria 101 Training Sessions the first week of August. Stomp Coordinator, Jane Coleman attended the pre-service training training of trainers (TOT) to explain the new FITU manual and what Peace Corps Headquarters is requiring of all trainings and of Peace Corps Trainees. …

The Last Day of Malaria Boot Camp IV

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The past tend days here at Malaria Boot Camp in Thiès, Senegal, have been very exciting. The newest members of the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative have been completely immersed in learning about malaria eradication efforts across the continent. Even with our small budget we have assembled 20 volunteers …

Day 7: “Putting the Pieces Together” and “Becoming a Malaria Salesperson”

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Matt McLaughlin kicked off the seventh day of boot camp IV with leading a riveting discussion about the Project Management Cycle. Attendees discussed the importance and use of the tools they’ve been learning about varying from formative research to monitoring and evaluating. They also pieced these tools into the broader …

Day 6: A Full Day of Engaging Sessions From Around the World

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Prominent leaders in the world of malaria control shared invaluable insight with participants during the our sixth day of malaria boot camp. The day started off with our own Amanda Wybolt, Stomp Social Media and Communications Manager, teaching participants about the usefulness of social media and how to engage in …

Day 5: Health Structure Visits and Call with Rear. Adm. Tim Ziemer

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Participants visited three local health structures to learn about the great work and challenges associated with malaria intervention in Senegal. Doctors, mid-wives, and nurses were interviewed by participants to learn about accessibility, facilities, training, and attitudes in the health system. In the afternoon, the PMI US Global Malaria Coordinator, Rear. …

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Spreading the World About Malaria with Twitter!

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Morning folks – I’ve been writing a couple more introspective blogs lately so I thought I’d get back to the meat and bone of volunteer work – projects! I’m narrowing in on today’s project because of it’s importance and because I’m celebrating completing the first of six bi-annual observation visits & …

Senegal’s Monthly Malaria Update

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Keeping Peace Corps Volunteers in the field updated on what’s going on all over their posts can be difficult. Getting those same volunteers to share the great news about work they’re doing with NGOs and other partners at post can be almost impossible. That’s why Peace Corps Senegal is implementing …