Peace Corps Senegal
Volunteers have been serving in Senegal for 50 years and have participated in the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa Initiative since its inception in 2011.
- 250 Volunteers serving in the sectors of Health, Sustainable Agriculture, Agroforestry, Urban Agriculture, and Community Economic Development
- 100% of Volunteers trained in malaria prevention
- 17 Volunteers have attended an intensive international malaria training
Malaria Prevention Activities
Bednet Distributions: 15 Volunteers assisted in 15 universal coverage campaigns, distributing approximately 69,000 nets in 2012.
Education Campaigns: In 2012, Volunteers:
- Conducted 231 home visits
- Taught 472 students about malaria in schools using Malaria No More’s Night Watch program
- Reached 300 people during theater tours and malaria fairs
- Created 18 radio shows aired on 12 radio stations across Senegal
Bednet Care and Repair Training: Volunteers have trained over 500 people to properly repair almost 1,000 bednets in 20 communities.
Research and Innovation: Volunteers research new ways to target rural populations to test and treat malaria and supply chain management.
Peace Corps Senegal fights malaria in collaboration with
Project Highlight: PECADOM Plus
Peace Corps Volunteer Ian hennessee is partnering with the Senegalese Malaria Control Program and the President’s Malaria Initiative to study a new method of malaria testing and treatment for rural populations. The aim of the project is early detection of malaria of every community member in order to promptly treat malaria cases and diminish the number of malaria vectors. The approach is to train health workers and local village groups on active surveillance, testing, and treatment of malaria. It uses the PECADOM model, an existing program of the Senegalese Health Ministry, to train health care workers on home-based management of malaria. It also trains them to go from compound to compound in order to treat the maximum number of malaria cases as early as possible. Volunteer care group members provide active surveillance in each of their compounds and facilitate the work of the health workers. Volunteer care group members provide active surveillance in each of their compounds and facilitate the work of the health workers. This cooperation ensures that literally every member of the village is monitored for malaria and all symptomatic people receive testing and treatment.