Malaria Information Booth in the Center of a Southern Senegal City

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In honor of Malaria Month, three Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) in the Kedougou Region of Senegal created an informational booth in the center of the city to engage passers-by with malaria information. Health PCVs Arielle Kempinsky, Sarah Mollenkopf and Laurie Ohlstein designed a five-station booth based on malaria month activities. …

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 …

Fighting Malaria with a Cell Phone: There’s an App for That

Sarah Mollenkopf, Senegal Health PCV, introduces the mobile app to DSDOMs for use with both the passive PECADOM program as well as the active PECADOM+ model.

Several challenges exist for running successful public health programs in the developing world. Limited number of trained health professionals, low levels of literacy among community health workers, insufficient resources or equipment, and poor data collection limit the ability of program managers to make informed programmatic decisions and to guarantee quality …

Senegal PCVs Throw a Malaria Block Party

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adapted from “Kolda PCVs Throw a Malaria “Block Party”” published on peacecorpssenegal.org The words “malaria” and “party” are not often found in the same sentence, but as Peace Corps Africa’s Malaria Month draws to a close, PCVs in Senegal’s Kolda region went out with a bang by hosting a neighborhood malaria …

Malaria PCV of the Week: Hannah Mills, Senegal

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The Scoop on Hannah Hannah is a Master’s International student completing her Master’s in Public Health and gaining practical experience as a Preventative Health Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal. Hannah began her service in January 2013. Her primary projects include research on the barriers to prenatal care attendance and giving birth in a health …

Peace Corps Senegal Meeting to Expand PECADOM+

On March 16th, Peace Corps Senegal volunteers came together for a regional meeting with a special visit from PC Senegal Country Director Cheryl Faye. At the meeting, Regional PECADOM+ coordinators Randi Rumbold and Lexi Merrick kicked off the discussion of expanding the PECADOM+ initiative to a new region. The two …

Weekly Awesome Senegal: 18 Village Tour to Teach Net Care and Repair

In October and November, PCVs Kimberly Boland and Courtney Ruble, with help from PCV Lexi Merrick, held a bed net care, repair and transformation community training tour, riding their bikes to 18 sites in their region of Kolda. The PCVs chose to conduct a net care tour to extend new …

Delivering Malaria Care in Senegal: Part three

This post was written by 2014 GHDI graduate, Daniel Hodson. This is the third post in a three part series by Daniel. Click here to read part one. This series was originally published by Global Health Deliver Project. Heroes Counting malaria cases, forecasting future cases, translating estimates into specific needs for specific sites, and physically …

Delivering Malaria Care in Senegal: Part two

This post was written by 2014 GHDI graduate, Daniel Hodson was originally published on Global Health Delivery Project. This is the second post in a three part series by Daniel. Click here to read part one. Stock-outs and stock-ins Though the task of delivering tests and medicine is a never …

Delivering Malaria Care in Senegal: Part one

originally published on Global Health Delivery Project This post was written by 2014 GHDI graduate, Daniel Hodson. This is the first post in a three part series by Daniel.  Fifty nine confirmed cases of malaria in November 2011. What caught my attention was that these fifty nine cases were recorded during only …

Weekly Awesome Senegal: Malaria Pre-Elimination

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This past winter, PATH’s Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa (MACEPA) launched a three-year malaria pre-elimination campaign in three of Senegal’s health districts, Linguere, Ranerou, and Kanel. I, as well as other PCVs in the designated regions, was lucky enough to be part of this campaign along with my …

Weekly Awesome Senegal: Bed Net Monitoring

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Katie Wallner, MSc, Health PCV Data Analysis by Courtney Pedersen, Health RPCV Six months after a Universal Coverage campaign for long-lasting insecticide-treated nets was rolled out in the southeastern corner of Senegal, 13 Peace Corps Volunteers from across the region of Kédougou set out to check up on those nets. …

Weekly Awesome Research: Prenatal Malaria Prevention in Senegal

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By PCV Alexia Kime The Senegalese health system mandates that pregnant women see a health care provider 3 times during their pregnancy and also ideally at birth. This service is crucial in providing women not only with check-ups and prescriptions for iron, but with malaria prophylaxis (SP) as well as …

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 …

Weekly Awesome Senegal: Volunteer Research Trainings

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Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is part of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) strategy to reduce malaria rates, and it constitutes about 25 percent of their spending in Senegal. Peace Corps is now working with PMI to help ensure that those dollars are well-spent. One of Senegal’s PMI Resident Advisors, Julie …

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 …

A Promise to Protect Your Dreams

On April 25th, World Malaria Day, Erica Berlin, her CM2 school teacher, Abdoulaye Bodian, and her school director, Pape Ousmane Diedhiou, conducted the last of a series of malaria after school classes for 24 primary school students. This school curriculum, called Nightwatch, teaches students about malaria and how to prevent …

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Sarah Kuech: Community Hero Djibi Mballo

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On a sunny November morning Djibi Mballo walks into the Sare Coly Salle Health Post and gazes across the dozens of lethargic children lying in their mothers’ arms. He purposefully greets every patient and every health worker. He then picks up his stethoscope, thermometer, and blood pressure cuff, and begins …

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Scaling Up PECADOM+

Getting ready to do a Rapid Diagnostic Test during a village sweep

Having now been here for over a year, patterns are starting to emerge.  It’s now April again.  April means a lot of things: one of the hottest months of the year, saying goodbye to our friends and mentors who came a year before us and meeting those who will replace …