Malaria TOTs in Zambia’s Northern and Eastern Provinces

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Written by Julie Pulombo, National Malaria Coordinator for Peace Corps Zambia Peace Corps/Zambia is organizing a series of Malaria Training of the Trainer (TOT) workshops. The strategy is an effort to motivate Peace Corps Volunteers from all sectors such as environment, agriculture, and education, plus health, to engage in highly …

80% Coverage: Taking the Community Effect to a New Level

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Written by Julie Pulombo, National Malaria Coordinator for Peace Corps Zambia The bed net is one of the most powerful, inexpensive, and effective interventions the world has to fight malaria. In 2014, Zambia completed its first nationwide, simultaneous mass distribution, providing over 8 million long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) free of charge. …

Using Mobile Technology to Create Targeted Malaria Interventions in Zambia

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A critical step to address malaria in rural communities is to understand who malaria impacts. For Peace Corps Volunteers, finding the right tool to survey their host communities can help them create targeted and appropriate malaria interventions. Evan Brothers is an Environment Volunteer in Zambia’s Eastern Province. He has a …

Beautifying Bed Nets in Zambia

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On World Malaria Day, Chelsea Rinnig organized a bed net beautification project for a local women’s group. Chelsea is a Peace Corps/Zambia Environment Volunteer in Eastern Province and used malaria education as a way to further connect with her community. Chelsea decided to do a bed net beautification day after …

World Malaria Month 2015: Using Technology to Make IRS in Zambia More Effective

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Written by: Hannah Harrison, ZMC Communications Director Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is one of the key interventions used in Zambia in the fight against malaria. John Esplana is a Peace Corps Response Volunteer that has played an instrumental role in rolling out and monitoring the implementation of this key malaria …

World Malaria Month 2015: Bringing Malaria Education into the Classroom

Written by: Hannah Harrison, ZMC Communications Director Peace Corps/Zambia is celebrating the efforts of PCV, Kaitlan Melone, for her creativity to combat malaria during the Peace Corps Zambia World Malaria Month Competition. Kaitlan lives in Zambia’s Northern Province and has been serving as an Education Volunteer since June 2013. Kaitlan …

Peace Corps Collaboration ZMC Style

Peace Corps/Zambia recently formed the Zambia Malaria Committee (ZMC). Collaboration is a key strategy to increase the number of Peace Corps Volunteers who address malaria in their communities. ZMC is made up of 17 members with 15 Provincial Malaria Coordinators (PMCs) that are based in the village and represent all …

Zambia PCVs Armed with High Heels

Written By: Kathryn Meagley, Zambia Health Volunteer High heels and business attire are not usually the first things you pack when you are preparing for a two-year service as a Peace Corps Volunteer. For me, it was a pair of Keens and a ton of quick dry shirts. That seems …

A Regional Problem Requires a Regional Solution

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By Mary Hays Huguley, PCV Malaria Coordinator, and Oteng Tsheole, Staff Malaria Focal Person World Malaria Day commemorations came and went across Botswana, but Staff Malaria Focal Person, Oteng Tsheole, and Volunteer Malaria Coordinator, Mary Hays Huguley, spent the day observing a unique cross-border collaboration just across the Zambezi River …

Weekly Awesome Zambia: Stomping Out Malaria in My Lifetime

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By: PCV Caitlin Ambrosia, PC/Zambia Caitlin Ambrosia is a health volunteer living in a rural village in Eastern province of Zambia.  She developed several projects during April Malaria Month The most prominent health issue faced by the community that I live within, along with the rest of Zambia and Sub-Saharan …

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 …

Weekly Awesome Zambia: All You Wanted To Know About Raising Mosquitoes

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By: PCRV David Meeske David previously served in Malawi as an Education Peace Corps Volunteer and is in Zambia working with Zambia Integrated Services Strengthening Program (ZISSP) as Peace Corps Response Volunteer.  His work involves updating the databases on health information that can be shared with partners throughout Zambia. So …

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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 …

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 …

Regina Ord: Malaria Heroes in the Community

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By: PCV Regina Ord, PC/Zambia In small rural villages in the Northwest Province of Zambia, malaria still takes the lives of vulnerable populations such as women and children.  Although the villagers are acutely aware of its effects, they do not always have the knowledge or personal guidance to implement prevention …

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Alice McKinstry: Stomp, Stomp, Stomp

By: PCV Alice McKinstry, PC/Zambia I remember one of the best camping trips I’ve ever been on. It’s not really the trip as a whole that stands out, but the small things about it – folding origami dinosaurs, going for walks along the Puget Sound beaches, and telling scary stories …

Teta Village Malaria Day

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Michael Lessmeier is a rural education volunteer in Central province of Zambia teaching English at Teta Basic School for students in Grades 8 and 9.  Michael observed a high absentee rate of students caused by malaria and decided to work with the community to address this issue. First,  Michael met …

Weekly Awesome Zambia: Research Update

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I am an Individual Investigator for the PMI “Durability and Insecticide Persistence in Long-Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets (LLINs) Study”, in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Population Services International’s Malaria and Child Survival Program, and Peace Corps.  Peace Corps and PMI Zambia have a very strong relationship and …