Uganda Bites Back! Malaria Education Through VHT Training

Written by Kristina Sandfoss PCV Kendra Smith is based in a rural village in Kiruhura District in Southwestern Uganda. Uganda Bites Back, a project Kendra created, coordinates two-day malaria workshops for Village Health Teams (VHT) comprised of local volunteers that assist with distributing health education, skills and assessments to community members. The …

Uganda Weekly Awesome: Big Books Can Make a Big Impact

Sometime it’s hard to incorporate malaria prevention into areas other than in the Health sector. In Uganda, malaria is the number one cause of death, as well as being the leading reason why pupils and students miss school. To combat this, Uganda had its first national distribution of long lasting …

Uganda Weekly Awesome: Nightwatch Surprises

Working as a health volunteer with a local NGO, I didn’t think I would have many opportunities to work in or appreciate the Ugandan school system. Boy, was I wrong. Back in April, I participated in World Malaria Month. One of my major programs was implementing the Night Watch Curriculum …

TBT: My one year anniversary on World Malaria Day

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Do you miss reading about World Malaria Day? So do we! This week we are throwing it back to an incredible volunteer, highlighting her admirable efforts on World Malaria Day. Check out Sarah Genelle Castagnola, as she reflects on her first year of service and overcoming challenges in the field.

Weekly Awesome Research: The Value of Current Data in Uganda

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Written by Krystal Seger, Health Volunteer-Uganda The fight against malaria is a difficult and complex one, one that requires resources, manpower, knowledge of specific malaria transmission dynamics, collaboration and cooperation between groups that do malaria-related projects, and the flexibility to change and evolve as rapidly and efficiently as the dynamics …

Weekly Awesome Uganda: Students Leading the Way

Student leaders educating their peers on malaria prevention

Composed by Cindy Floyd, Education Volunteer I am a secondary education volunteer, and I have been working with student leaders at my school doing malaria education and prevention activities. Several of my students and I have presented malaria facts along with reading the big book “Beware of Mrs Mosquito” at …

Weekly Awesome Uganda: I Am A Malaria Fighter

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Written by Caitlin Costello Every hand goes up when I ask who has had malaria, but they are stumped when I ask if they can prevent malaria. My audience stares back at me perplexed at first and then eager when I tell them over our week of malaria activities they …

Weekly Awesome Uganda: Murals for Malaria Prevention

Written by Joanna Groepper Murals are a quick and easy way to spread a message.  When they are done at a school, there is an added benefit of creating sustainable learning aids.  World Malaria Day was the perfect chance to introduce a mural explaining malaria prevention.  I worked with a …

Weekly Awesome Uganda: Forging Partnerships in the Fight Against Malaria in Uganda

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Composed by Krystal Seger, Health Volunteer in Uganda On Monday, September 23, 2013 the Conference for Forging Strategic Partnerships in Malaria Control and Elimination was held in Kampala, Uganda. Participating organizations were American and Ugandan Rotary clubs, Rotaract, Pilgrim Africa, USAID, President’s Malaria Initiative, PACE, World Vision, and Peace Corps …

Weekly Awesome Uganda: Moving the Fight to Malaria

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Composed by Nikki D’onofrio, Health Volunteer As Katakwi District in northeastern Uganda recovers from both the turmoil of the Lord’s Resistance Army and cattle rustling from a nearby tribe, the people are turning their attention to other major issues that affect their rural farming community, such as climate change, malaria …

Weekly Awesome Uganda: Volunteer Focuses-In On Pregnant Mothers Under-18

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Uganda is the world’s youngest country in the world with an average age of barely over 15 and with 77% of population below the age of 30. Uganda’s fertility rate stands at 6.7, meaning that the average woman has nearly 7 children in her lifetime.  Because of malaria’s extreme effect …

Weekly Awesome Uganda: PCV Inspires Village, Himself, while Stomping Out Malaria

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Aaron Stroud-Romero is a two-time Peace Corps Volunteer, now serving in Central Uganda.  He is an Economic Development Volunteer, focusing on Village Savings & Loans Associations in the area.  He is also the leader of the Microfinance Uganda Think-Tank. Written by Aaron Stroud-Romero I was in my fourth year of …

Weekly Awesome Uganda: Volunteers & Students Smack Down Mosquitoes!

Mary Mcalpin cheers as malaria is defeated, one rolling pin at a time.

Mary Mcalpin is an Education Volunteer and Tutor at the Primary Teachers College in Jinja Uganda.  She worked alongside her regional peers to compete in the World Malaria Month Challenge all throughout April. Written By Mary Mcalpin To heighten awareness to the very real problem of malaria, I did a …

Weekly Awesome Uganda: Volunteer Empowers Student Teachers While Educating Local Youth

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Ellen Grim is an Education Volunteer, working with “Christ the King PTC,” a college for aspiring primary (elementary) school teachers.  Despite having less than 3 months at her site, she has already been very active with malaria-prevention activities.  On April 19th, she coordinated (with the assistance of 3 other Peace …

Weekly Awesome Uganda: World Malaria Month Hits Uganda!

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During the month of April, Peace Corps Uganda LIT UP some mosquitoes.  The entire country of Volunteers stood up, jumped, and took a giant STOMP against malaria!  Volunteers competed against each  Here are some of the results: By the numbers: >80% of Volunteers participating in a malaria event in the …

Soroti World Malaria Day Event: Over 300 people tested for malaria

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On April 25th, a World Malaria Day event was held in Soroti, Eastern Uganda. The event was made possible in part by an USAID funded SPA (Small Project Assistance) Grant secured by Ashley Givan, a Response Volunteer assigned to Stop Malaria Project in Soroti (SMP).  Ashley collaborated with Soroti District …

Volunteers Give Skill-Based Education in Net Repair

Robin Rentrope alongside her students who have completed their practice net repair session.

Peace Corps Volunteers are scrappy, innovative, and willing to make time—even when none technically exists—to make a difference in their community.  Over the past month of malaria activities, Volunteers utilized their flexibility, language and cultural skills, and ability to stretch limited resources to extend life-saving malaria messages to millions of …