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.
- 272 Volunteers serving in the sectors of Health, Agroforestry, Urban Agriculture, and Community Economic Development
- 100% of Volunteers trained in malaria prevention
- 28 Volunteers have attended an intensive international malaria training
Malaria Prevention Activities
Bednet Distributions: 29 Volunteers assisted in seven universal coverage campaigns that helped the Government of Senegal get closer to its goal of 100% coverage.
Education Campaigns: Volunteers are engaged in a number of educational activities in their communities. These include:
Market day fairs, net care and repair trainings, Malaria No More’s NightWatch curriculum, Grassroot Soccer youth sports program, radio shows mural design, and community theater.
Research and Innovation: Volunteers are involved in numerous studies and research protocols around Senegal. A few highlights:
- Monitoring prevalence of malaria vectors with mosquito spray catches
- Supporting monitoring and improvement of prenatal malarial care
- Partnering in seasonal malaria chemoprophlaxis campaign for children
Peace Corps Senegal fights malaria in collaboration with
Project Highlight: PECADOM Plus
Building off of last year’s extremely successful pilot of?an active version of an existing home-based malaria treatment program, PCVs in the Saraya Health District scaled up the PECADOM Plus project to fifteen villages. The project protocol was developed in consultation with the CDC Resident Advisor and was approved by the Ministry of Health Institutional Review Board. The community health workers (known as DSDOMs) were charged with conducting a door-to-door sweep of their village visiting every compound once a week in order to actively seek out residents with fever and to offer malaria testing and treatment. The DSDOMs would administer a rapid diagnostic test (RDT) to anyone with symptoms. Any positive RDTs were?treated with Artemisinin-Based Combination Therapy (ACTs) on the spot. Pregnant women, children under 2 months, and any patient exhibiting danger signs for complicated malaria were referred to the nearest health structure. Prior to the first sweep, they trained one woman from each compound to recognize the signs and symptoms of malaria in order facilitate the sweeps.
The project rolled out on July 8, 2013 with the initial sweep of the project villages as well as household sweeps in 15 comparison villages with the original passive model of the program throughout the rainy season, where patients seek treatment at the home of the DSDOM. A similar prevalence of symptomatic malaria was found in both sets of villages. Sweeps continued on a weekly basis in the intervention villages. Midway through the program, sweeps of the comparison villages were again conducted, and the prevalence was found to be 2.5 times higher in the comparison villages than in the intervention villages (2.85% and 1.13% of the total populations, respectively).
The program concluded on November 25th, and this time, preliminary data shows that the prevalence in comparison villages was nearly 16 times higher than in the intervention villages, where only six cases of symptomatic malaria were found, showing great promise for this model.