Peace Corps Burkina has been very active in malaria prevention and treatment activities since the program was created in 1967. Malaria activities that volunteers participate in range from mosquito net usage campaigns to income-generating neem cream (a natural repellant) production.
Burkina Faso officially joined the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative in September of 2011 with the participation of a health volunteer and the Associate Peace Corps Director for Health in the second Stomp Boot Camp held in Thies, Senegal.
Recently, Peace Corps Burkina’s participation in the Stomp initiative and fight against malaria has been strengthened by the arrival of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer, dedicated to building the program, and the incorporation of malaria related activities into the Project Frameworks 2011-2016 for ALL sectors including Health, Formal & Non-formal Education, and Business & Agriculture.
Moving forward, we look forward to sharing knowledge from the Thies Boot Camp with volunteers, counterparts, and community health workers through a series of cascading training-of-trainers throughout the country. Additionally, Peace Corps looks to strengthen relationships with partners including Jhpiego, USAID’s Maternal & Child Health Intergrated Program (MCHIP), and the National Malaria Control Program.
It’s an exciting time to be involved in the world-wide fight against malaria and Peace Corps Burkina Faso is thrilled to be stomping along with 3000 volunteers from 22 countries.