Boot camp Prepared Me for World Malaria Day in Madagascar

Written by 2nd year Education PCV,  Emily Biester According to last year’s World Malaria Report, the mortality rate from malaria on the continent of Africa fell by 54% between 2001 and 2013. The fight against malaria, however, continues to face significant challenges and setbacks: bed net misuse, stock outs, and a …

Successful Malaria Events Turn Volunteers into Celebrities in Eastern Madagascar

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Written by Liz Toomey, Stomp Coordinator During World Malaria Month three Health Volunteers. Rachel Gillett, Alicia Adler and Sam Hong,  collectively coordinated a series of malaria events they held at all three of their eastern Madagascar sites.  The Volunteers did not anticipate how HUGE these events would be.  During the …

World Malaria Month 2015: Rwanda’s Ten-Mile Malaria Walk

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In celebration of World Malaria Month, eight Peace Corps Volunteers in the Southern Province of Rwanda completed a ten-mile Malaria Walk to spread the message of malaria prevention to nearly 1,000 school-age children. Participants in the Walk included Community Health Volunteers Melissa Denton, Vanessa Da Costa, Grace Mullin, Tracy Abiaka, …

World Malaria Month 2015: World Malaria Day in Zambia’s Central Province

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To mark World Malaria Day, Robert Wintersteen organized a malaria education and testing day in his district for over 700 people. Robert is a Peace Corps/Zambia Health Volunteer in Central Province. The event was held in the most remote village of his district that is located 32km from the rural …

World Malaria Month 2015: World Malaria Day in Niassa Mozambique

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A personal account of World Malaria Day in Mecanhelas, Niassa by Education Volunteer Kevin Nguyen. Mecanhelas celebrated its World Malaria Day on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Staff from the local hospital and I, hand in hand, ran a successful event, showing the impact of malaria on the district of Mecanhelas and …

World Malaria Month Explained by a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique

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written by PCV Robin Picard (Mozambique) While Hallmark promotes holidays such as Grandparent’s Day and National Kitten Day in the US, we celebrate Tuberculosis Day and Malaria Month all over Africa. April is designated as Malaria Awareness Month.  The idea is that with an increased effort the world at large, and …

Peace Corps World Malaria Day 2015 Press Release

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Peace Corps Grows Malaria Prevention Outreach in Africa originally published: http://www.peacecorps.gov/media/forpress/press/2547/ WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2015 – The Peace Corps is leading efforts to eradicate malaria in partnership with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and non-governmental organizations around the world through the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative, which celebrates its …

World Malaria Month 2015: GHSP Volunteer Helps Midwife Students Join the Fight

Jackson Ernest teaches a small group of women about malaria and other risks for pregnant women.

When most people hear the word “malaria” they think of a disease that lives in the hottest stickiest places on Earth. However, with the exception of the world’s driest deserts and Antarctica, malaria can live almost anywhere. The mosquito that bears the parasite can reproduce in something as little as …

Weekly Awesome Uganda: School Hosted Malaria Day

written by: Kate Roesch, PCV I led several activities at my school during malaria month. The month started with a student reading a poem she had written about malaria at the weekly assembly. The following week, a group of students performed a drama about malaria at the weekly assembly. During …

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.

Cameroon: Reinvigorating malaria prevention efforts

How can you make a town hear a message they’ve fallen deaf to? Well, with a megaphone, of course!

Unfortunately, people here in Cameroon already know about malaria. I call it unfortunate because if they had never heard of it, and you told them about a brand new illness that killed more African children every year than anything else, they would fear it. They would rise up in arms to fight it at all costs, saving their lives and their children’s lives. But malaria isn’t new to them. It isn’t sexy. It’s mundane, and they aren’t motivated or compelled to inconvenience themselves to fight it, even when the inconvenience is hanging a mosquito net that was given to them free of cost.

Peace Corps Cameroon Hosts Malaria “Test, Talk and Treat” Campaign

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  To commemorate the 7th Annual World Malaria Day on April 25, 2014, Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) and staff partnered with the Cameroon Red Cross and the Cameroon Ministry of Public Health to host a one-day malaria testing and educational campaign, testing 500 people with rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) donated …

Weekly Awesome Kenya: Bigger and Better World Malaria Day in 2014

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Last year, Peace Corps Kenya witnessed record breaking participation in World Malaria Day activities.  More than 75% of  volunteers hosted events!   We know we have some big shoes to fill and look forward to building on the success of 2013 to make our 2014 impact on the eradication of …

Weekly Awesome Uganda: Volunteers & Students Smack Down Mosquitoes!

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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 Madagascar: Malaria Partners Celebrate World Malaria Day

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For most of PC Africa World Malaria Day was celebrated on April 25th. For Most of PC Madagascar and other African countries it was throughout the entire month of April but for most malaria partners in Madagascar it was the 5th – 7th May. Why? You may ask. That’s because the …

Malaria Month: The Togo 2013 Report

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Throughout the month of April, volunteers from all over Togo held World Malaria Day activities. Here are just a few examples of how volunteers shared information about malaria with their communities: Sarah Hogan, a Health Volunteer, traveled to a nearby village with a local youth group to perform skits. The …