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 Madagascar: World Malaria Month Report

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The month of April was the busiest for PCVs all over Madagascar. In total 57 PCVs and 36 PCTs participated in events making a grand total of 97 total participants out of the 129 volunteers in country. A list with some numbers of the activities around Madagascar: 4 murals painted …

Weekly Awesome Mozambique: Malaria Work in the Community with Taylor, Joe and Patrick

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For World Malaria Day, Health Volunteer Taylor Morsillo worked with her REDES (Peace Corps Mozambique’s “Girls in Development, Education and Health” Empowerment Program) group in Zavala, Inhambane province to create a 10-minute theater piece about malaria, highlighting topics such as risks of sleeping without a bednet, proper net usage, recognizing …

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 …

Weekly Awesome Zambia: Malaria Awareness in Mwamba Village

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By: PCV Allison Becker, PC/Zambia When you live in the Northern Province of Zambia, the word “malaria” is a part of everyone’s daily vocabulary. “My father has malaria… We just took her to the clinic for malaria… I am sick with malaria… I am going to a funeral today… Her …

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Weekly Awesome Zambia: Investing in the Future

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By: PCV Katherine McAuley, PC/Zambia As a recently new Peace Corps Volunteer here in Zambia, my life as Katherine McAuley from California has been turned up-side-down—in a good way, that is. Dizzy with so much cultural adjustments I found that interacting with the youth in my village and at the school …

Cameroon’s Post-World Malaria Day Report

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Here’s a snapshot of some World Malaria Day activities in Cameroon: The big World Malaria Day concert at the Palais du Sport was a big success! More than twenty PCVs and several staff members attended and thoroughly enjoyed it. Imoite will write more on this later but wants everyone to …

Weekly Awesome Zambia: Malaria Madness Month in Northern Province

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Northern Province in Zambia is not only the largest in land mass, but it has one of the highest malaria rates in the country, with about 480 people per 1000 diagnosed with malaria each month.  Peace Corps volunteers in Northern, from all programming sectors of health, education, agriculture and aquaculture …

Nicole Pampanin: Why I Care So Much

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By: PCV Nicole Pampanin, PC/Madagascar In July 2010, while volunteering in Ghana for the fourth time, my 13-year-old friend, Jennifer passed away from malaria. After finding out about Jennifer’s death, I wrote the following: “As tears run down my face, Alex tells me how in Africa, things are different than …

Sara Teising: My Malaria Narrative

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By: PCV Sara Teising, PC/Guinea Every week I go down to my local health center in Bate Nafadji that services as many as 30 other villages in the area with a radius of about 50 km.  I volunteer in the pharmacy with another Guinean woman, Madame Traore who is very …

Joey Anchondo: Malaria in Rusizi

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By: PCV Joey Anchondo, PC/Rwanda On my second day in my new village I ran into Mama Jeanette, one of the few people I knew, outside of the health center. The last time I had met her, two months earlier, I had almost no knowledge of Kinyarwanda. Now she was able …

Tamika Honeysucker: My Experience with Malaria

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By: PCV Tamika Honeysucke, PC/Rwanda In honor of World Malaria Day, I thought I would share some information on the disease and my personal experience with it. Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted by a certain type of mosquito which feeds …

Julia Duch: Malaria Mural

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By: PCV Julia Duch, PC/Ethiopia My site, Wenago, is plagued by malaria. While it has a low to non-existent mortality rate in Wenago, it has consistently had the highest morbidity rate throughout the years. By talking to the head of the malaria initiative at the local health office, I found …

Zach Bachtell: Malaria work isn’t just for Health Volunteers

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By: PCV Zach Bachtell, PC/Guinea April was “Malaria Month” here in Peace Corps Guinea, and in the rest of Peace Corps countries for that matter, and April 25th was World Malaria Day!!  Volunteers all over the world have been working hard on malaria projects this month, whether promoting awareness, better …

Using local markets to promote mosquito net useage in Southwest Burkina Faso

PCV Elisabeth Chop holding mosquito net demonstrations at her local market.

In the Southwest Region of Burkina Faso, volunteer Elisabeth Chop is working hard to help prevent and treat malaria. With World Malaria Day recently celebrated April 25, and rainy season fast approaching, which means a dramatic increase in malaria cases with all the standing water, Elisabeth Chop and her counterpart …

Burkina Faso Volunteer Helps Out with Community Bednet Census

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It is hot season, but in Northern Burkina Faso the fight to stomp out malaria continues on. Second year non-formal education volunter, Sara Goodman, recently conducted a mosquito net census in her village in order to prepare her village and her local health clinic staff for the upcoming universal bed …

Corey Ackerman: World Malaria Month – 3 communities, 3 festivals, ONE week

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By: PCV Corey Ackerman, PC/Madagascar With World Malaria Month activities happening all over Africa, Corey Ackerman was excited to bring some of the festivities to her small village on the East Coast of Madagascar. Her village of Tsarasambo, has a population of about 2000. Situated in a malaria endemic region …

Raffaele Macri: The Tables Have Turned…Trainees Are Now Malaria Teachers

April 25, 2013 marked the second World Malaria Day event for a PST group in Mantasoa, Madagascar. 36 Peace Corps Health and Agriculture trainees took part in the biggest Bed Net Care and Repair event that Mantasoa has ever seen. The event marked an important time in their PST because …

Sara Gaul: Teaching Students About Malaria

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By: PCV Sara Gaul, PC/Rwanda I start every term the same: “Good morning students! How was your break?” And every term, I get the same, monotone reply: “It was very nice.” This term, however, one student changed the reply. “It was bad,” Bonheur said. The response, although his break happened …