Boot Camp 12: A Peace Corps Staff Perspective

I am Aicha Pitroipa, Grants Manager from Peace Corps Burkina. I was very pleased to be selected by Peace Corps Burkina to take part in Boot Camp XII. I feel lucky to be part of this great group! Learning perspective I consider the two week training to be an exchange …

Boot Camp XI: Day 1 Recap

by Emily Biester, PCV Madagascar We, 29 Peace Corps Volunteers and one Peace Corps staff member, are now officially Boot Camp XI participants. On the first day we trickled in to the training center in Thiès, Senegal from 13 countries across Africa, with some volunteers traveling from as far as …

Students Take Lead in Malaria Education in Rwanda

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It was pouring rain as I arrived at my school 45-minutes before our day of malaria education. All the students were cooped up in their dorms or taking shelter in the cafeteria. We had a tight schedule ahead of us, and the rain was clearly going to be a huge …

Malaria Education and Indoor Residual Spraying in Rwanda

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  by Bob Viglietta A couple of months ago, my entire district, southern Rwanda’s Gisagara District, took part in Rwanda’s National Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) Campaign. A team of Rwandans traveled around the sectors and went village-by-village to spray the indoor walls of houses with insecticide. Last year, my local …

Weekly Awesome Cameroon: Implementing SMS for Life in Cameroon

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Peace Corps Cameroon is building a partnership with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) as part of our Stomping Out Malaria initiative.  Peace Corps volunteers have a great opportunity to partner with the NMCP through the SMS for Life program. The project is integrating 13 volunteers, from all sectors, representing …

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 …

New Trainees Compete and Learn About Bed Nets

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What better way to start out April than to meet Peace Corps Malawi’s 18 new trainees and educate about malaria! On April first I headed up north from my site to greet the new Peace Corps trainees who arrived in Malawi on March 7, 2013. They seemed super enthusiastic and …

Excel Training

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Guest BAMM Blog by Michelle Evans No, we are not celebrating the disease, but the fight against it.  As part of PC Guinea’s celebration of malaria month, we have all been challenged to get involved in malaria projects at our sites.  Our malaria coordinator even made a competition out of …

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Stomping Toward April

PCV Zach Bachtell after giving a malaria sensitization to his friend Mohamed Suaré's family at the Regional Malaria Training in Labe.

As April approaches, so does Malaria Month! Peace Corps Guinea is proud to announce its first ever Malaria Month contest. The one-month countdown to World Malaria Day, on April 25th, has begun. While this day is a momentous time for raising awareness about the disease, malaria transmission occurs year-round in …

Madagascar Mini Boot Camp

Nicole Pampanin, Education PCV and Brad Akers, Health PCV get hands-on with repairing nets at the first of many One-Day Boot Camps in Madagascar.

The Madagascar Stomp team facilitated the first of many mini boot camps last week! On Friday, February 22, fifteen Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) from the Tamatave, Moramanga and Ambatondrazaka regions gathered in Moramanga for a one-day mini boot camp on malaria. Most participants had not received any malaria training prior …

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Newly Sworn-In Education PCVs Join in the Fight Against Malaria

The title page of the first malaria "big book", produced in Uganda my Mango Tree and used by Peace Corps Volunteers in the classroom.

95% of the Ugandan population lives in malaria endemic regions, with the other 5% living in dangerous epidemic-prone areas.  Some districts in Uganda are recorded as having over 4 bites by an infected mosquito per day per person.  (For more information on the current malaria situation in Uganda and what …

Peace Corps Botswana Conducts First Malaria Trainings Among Northern Volunteers

Botswana PCVs in Gumare listening to Dr. Muchapa, District Malaria Focal Person, speak on the malaria situation in the Okavango region.

Dumelang ditsala (hi friends!) and welcome to Peace Corps Botswana’s first ever blog post for Stomping Out Malaria! Botswana recently joined the Stomp initiative through the classic Stomp rite of passage – Boot Camp! Program Manager, Oarabile Makgabana-Dintwa and Malaria Coordinator PCV, Hays Huguley attended Boot Camp V in September …

SWAT Malaria Gaining Momemtum and Stride

SWAT Regional Represetatives attend training in Eastern Region.

Where do you see it going? That was the question four SWAT Team members pondered while perched around a table in August before the most recent SWAT Team training.  One by one ideas began presenting themselves.  Original Research.  Collaborations with local partners. Mass Media Advertisement Campaigns.  100% participation amongst PCVs in malaria control.  As the …

Health Volunteers Stomp It Out at IST

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This October in the town of Musanze, in the shadows of Rwanda’s volcanoes (pictured above), 21 health volunteers participated in a ten-day in-service training and counterpart workshop. These volunteers, nicknamed Health 4, are currently living in 11 of Rwanda’s 30 districts, working closely with health center staff to address the …

Malaria Think Tank Springs Into Action

Peace Corps Uganda  Malaria Think Tank members meeting with Peace Corps Staff.  Pictured from left to back around the table: Chris Peterson, Ashley Givan, Kristina Sandfoss, Cotious Tukashaba, Sarah Cornett, Matt Boddie, Paul Sulley, and Loucine Hayes.

Last week the newly formed Peace Corps Uganda Malaria Think Tank held its first meeting! Comprising the Think Tank are Malaria Team members Matt Boddie and Ashley Givan, as well as Community Health Volunteers Sarah Cornett, Kristina Sandfoss, and Chris Peterson.  The Think Tank had the opportunity to sit down …

Stomp Mozambique Team Shares Knowledge with New Health Volunteers

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During the recent Reconnect In-Service Training, the 18th group of volunteers to serve in Mozambique (colloquially called “Moz 18”) participated in an invaluable training that enables them to stomp out malaria in Mozambique. 3rd year Volunteers and Stomp Coordinators Kyla Johnson and Scooter “Anata” Walsh presented sessions about malaria in …

Burkina Faso Welcomes New Trainees with Malaria Workshops

New trainees and their trainers play a malaria-themed ice breaker before an interactive session on malaria interventions.

Burkina Faso has just received 26 new Health and Daba (environment) trainees (PCTs) and the Stomp Out Malaria Team had the privilege of presenting two fantastic workshops during their training. The Stomp Team presented two sessions during the week of Oct. 29-Nov. 2: An Introduction to Malaria Prevention and Malaria …

SWAT’s Evaluation of Evaluating Trainings

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By Hannah Braun The first regional representative training occurred in early August at the Peace Corps Kumasi sub-office. One of the many topics in the two full days of training was the importance of monitoring and evaluation.  SWAT leading by example decided to evaluate if any and how much knowledge …

Manakara Malaria Training

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From August 27-29, eight Peace Corps Volunteers and ten community health worker (CHWs) counterparts met in Manakara, Madagascar for a regional malaria training.  The southeastern region of Madagascar has some of the highest prevalence rates of malaria in the country and volunteers from all sectors recognize the importance of malaria …

PCVs Coordinate Malaria Prevention Training for Community Health Workers in Homoine

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On September 4th, Health Peace Corps Volunteers Jason Hillis and Kyle Tharp coordinated a training on malaria prevention, early detection and treatment, and the dangers of HIV/AIDS and malaria co-infection.  In conjunction with PIRCOM (Inter-Religious Program Against Malaria) in Homoine, Inhambane Province,  and funded by PEPFAR (U.S. President’s Emergency Plan …