When Stomping Out Malaria in Africa was announced onÂ World Malaria Day 2011, Program Director and Peace Corps Senegal Country Director Chris Hedrick wanted to “Shriverize” the program’s launch to get as many volunteers and staff thoroughly trained and coordinating malaria programs at their posts as quickly as possible. (“Shriverize” is a term popular in the Peace Corps, thanks to the agency’s first director, Sargent Shriver, and the way he got the program up and running in less than two years.)
StompÂ held its first two-week Boot Camp training in June of 2011 for volunteers and staff from seven sub-Saharan Africa countries. As of October 2013, eight Boot Camps have been held in Thies, Senegal, bringing together over 200 volunteers and staff from 23 African countries.
Training sessions during boot camp are deep and diverse, with sessions via Skype and from local guests on topics such as malaria science, behavior change communications, HIV/AIDs and malaria co-infection, bed net distributions, international malaria policy and control, and advocacy. Sessions are led by a number of experts in the malaria field from prominent universities, organizations and the U.S. government. Â Field visits include exploration of three levels of Senegalâ€™s health system and a trip to the village of Thieneba Seck, where the countryâ€™s most successful community-led malaria prevention program is being led.
Stomping Out Malaria in Africa’sÂ next Boot Camp training is January 28-February 8, 2014 in Thies, Senegal. For further information on Boot Camp, explore our Participant’s Corner,Â Presenter Bios, and Photo Gallery pages, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.