On World Malaria Day 2011, Peace Corps joined the fight to end malaria on a level unprecedented in the organization’s history through the creation of the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative. Now, 3,000 volunteers (6,000 stomps strong!) in 20 Peace Corps programs across Africa are exchanging ideas and working together in the name of malaria eradication.
The goals of this unique Peace Corps initiative are to:[list style="check"]
- Reduce malaria where we work: i.e.Universal bed net coverage, malaria prevention and treatment education programs in all Peace Corps Volunteer communities in Africa by 2013.
- Contribute to reduction of malaria in target countries: through work with partner organizations and host country initiatives we will achieve the Millenium Challenge goals of reducing deaths caused by malaria globally (by 50% or more), and substantially reducing deaths caused by malaria in all 22 African countries we work in by 2020.
- Help build an online community of malaria prevention workers: i.e. promote documentation and sharing of malaria prevention practices between posts across the continent and internationally between the initiative’s partners.[/list]
In addition to a partnership by occasional meeting with the Presidents Malaria Initiative and Malaria No More, Stomping Out Malaria in Africa enjoys the support of professionals and experts at Johns Hopkins University, University of South Florida, the CDC, PATH, Malaria No More, and numerous local organizations in host countries.