Story & Photo credit: Zoe Leanza.
The Tigray Regional Malaria Bootcamp was facilitated by volunteers in Ethiopia: Kaitlin Powers, Rebecca Dutton, Shawn Reinhardt, and Zoe Leanza. Their Stomping Out Malaria team conducted two regional trainings to guide volunteers and their counterparts in promoting malaria prevention at site and evaluation has shown participants leave with a significant increase in knowledge that they will now be able to share with others.
The following was written thanks to one of the volunteers, Zoe Leanza.
The Stomp Out Malaria team in Ethiopia facilitated a Regional Malaria Bootcamp in Tigray, the northernmost part of the country. We trained 6 volunteers and their community counterparts in the malaria life cycle, diagnosis and testing, spatial epidemiology, pharmacology and treatment, malaria in pregnancy, social behavioral communication change, net distribution, Grassroot Soccer Malaria, and logic frameworks. The training included a field trip to local health bureaus and NGOs, a dinner with an RPCV from Nepal, and a discussion of peer reviewed journal publications from around the continent. We played UNICEF’s Malaria Chutes and Ladders, made carbon dioxide producing mosquito traps, and practiced making chloropleth maps of fever cases.
At the training’s conclusion, teams shared “take it home” action plans. Volunteers planned to lead malaria workshops, reduce Anopheles breeding sites, and increase targeted insecticide treated bed net distribution. The motivated group of PCVs and their counterparts had visions of eliminating malaria in their kebeles by 2018, of reaching 80% ITN use by the end of the year, and of working with pregnant women to promote ITN use. Participants left the training with a 56 page Stomp Out Malaria Ethiopia toolkit and a plethora of knowledge on malaria prevention and behavior change.