Weekly Awesome Cameroon: Malaria Education During the Race of Hope

On February 14, Erica Johnson (Agribusiness, third year extension) organized a mass HIV testing and education event at Race of Hope in Buea, Southwest region.

To support the HIV event, Kate Mishkin, the Malaria Coordinator for Peace Corps Cameroon, organized five Volunteers and one Fulbright Scholar to teach 200 community members about HIV/malaria co-infection.

Volunteers Elizabeth Doyle (Agribusiness, 2013-15), Keegan Aspelund (Agribusiness, 2013-15), Mary Witucki (Agribusiness, 2013-15), Anna Nathanson (Agribusiness, 2013-2015), and Daniel Thomas (Education, 2013-15) worked with Shayne Bement (Fulbright Bamenda) to educate about the risk of co-infection, the importance of using bed nets for people living with HIV/AIDS, and the importance for pregnant women to receive their free Intermittent Preventative Treatment and bed net from their nearest government hospital.

About the Race of Hope
The Race of Hope is an annual competition following a 38 kilometer (24 mile) course up and down Mount Cameroon in Buea, Southwest region. With a height of 4, 040 meters (13, 255 feet), it is the highest point in sub-Saharan western and central Africa, and the fourth highest peak in Africa. A trek up Mount Cameroon typically takes visitors three days. The fastest competitors have completed the race in less than five hours.

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Volunteers Daniel Thomas, Keegan Aspelund, and Mary Witucki

Volunteers Daniel Thomas, Keegan Aspelund, and Mary Witucki

Volunteers Anna Nathanson and Elizabeth Doyle work with Fulbright Scholar Shayne Bement

Volunteers Anna Nathanson and Elizabeth Doyle work with Fulbright Scholar Shayne Bement

Mount Cameroon

Mount Cameroon