World Malaria Month in Rwanda’s Northern Province

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Written by Roberta Connors, an Education Volunteer who serves in the Northern Province of Rwanda The Northern Musanze Region is one of the regions with the fewest number of volunteers in Rwanda. For World Malaria Month, as the Regional Malaria Volunteer for the North, I decided to make it my personal …

Malaria at the Eastern Region’s GLOW Camp

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Written by Stephanie Stern, an Education Volunteer who serves in the Eastern Province of Rwanda Rwanda is known as the Land of 1000 Hills. Indeed, almost all of Rwanda is covered with enormous hills. The hills and their high altitudes lead people to believe that Rwanda faces less of a risk from …

Including OVCs In the Fight Against Malaria

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Written by Melissa Denton, a Health Volunteer who serves in the Southern Province of Rwanda This year, for World Malaria Month, Peace Corps Volunteers in the Southern Province worked diligently to incorporate OVCs (orphans and vulnerable children) into the fight against malaria. As Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, said, “For the …

A Malaria Health Talk at Local Health Center’s Vaccination Day

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Written by Anna Hirt, an Education volunteer who serves in the Western Province of Rwanda Ask most people in my community, as well as the surrounding area, and they’ll tell you, “malaria isn’t really that big of an issue here.” Sure, we live in a mountainous, region with a cool climate, …

Weekly Awesome Rwanda: Eastern Province BE Camp Stomps Malaria

By PCV James Dineen This past November, the Eastern Province of Rwanda held their annual BE Camp (Boys Excelling). This year, we decided to switch up the usual lesson plans and schedule to make it more fun and interactive for the campers. We had a week of 70 secondary school …

Weekly Awesome Rwanda: Using Social Media in the Fight Against Malaria

In recent years, social media has not only been increasingly used to spread information about news, sports, and events, but also to inform the world about the work of the government, businesses, and a wide array of organizations and initiatives. Specifically twitter has become one of the primary ways people …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Is Education about Malaria Enough to Make a Difference?

Malaria is a disease that ails many people in Rwanda. With lower elevations and a tropical climate in this country’s Eastern province, there are more cases of malaria reported than in other parts of the country. As a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in the Eastern Province, I have witnessed teachers, …

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 …