Peace Corps Ghana
Ghana joined the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative in September of 2011. PCVs have implemented a variety of activities intended to educate communities and prevent malaria including: x, y, z.
- 166 Volunteers serving in Education, Health and Environment
- 100% of Volunteers trained malaria prevention
- 1 staff member devoted to malaria training and activities
- 22 volunteers have attended an intensive international malaria training
Malaria Prevention Activities
71 Volunteers participated in malaria activities in 2012, reaching over 12,500 individuals in 91 communities.
Bed Net Distributions: 21 Volunteers have assisted in universal coverage campaigns, distributing about 20,000 nets.
- Volunteers have conducted 120 home visits and taught 3,100 students about malaria in their schools.
- 50 Volunteers used Malaria No MOre’s NightWatch Program.
- 1,600 individuals have been reached by a theater tour or malaria fair.
- 640 caregivers of children under five received behavior change malaria messages.
Radio Outreach: Volunteers aired two radio shows from two radio stations in Ghana.
Research and Innovation: 84 Volunteers have participated in a research study including:
- Outdoor Activity Pattern Study
- Anemia and parasitaemia study regarding Indoor Residual Spraying in 10 districts in the northern region. PCVs monitored hospital records patient intake and lab confirmed malaria data.
Peace Corps Ghana Fights Malaria in Collaboration with
Project Highlight: Malaria Education and Bed Nets for Female Migrant Workers
As the rains cease and a dusty plume engulfs the entire country each dry season, thousands of Ghanaians (primarily women from rural communities in the Northern part of the country) migrate to larger cities in hopes of earning money as porters. The migrant women, known as kakayie, can be seen running alongside minibuses as the long distance transports pull into lorry stations, willing to carry loads exceeding 100 pounds and sometimes taller than themselves. At night, the majority of kakayie sleep outdoors in some nook of their adopted city. Almost none of the women sleep with a mosquito net.
Peace Corps Volunteer Davd Kalpakchian recognized the Kakayie migrant workers as a population vulnerable to malaria and not being reached under ProMPT Ghana’s primary LLIN rollout campaign. Kalpakchian, working with ProMPT Ghana, organized a Rollout campaign designed to target Kakayie workers. From January to March, Peace Corps Volunteers working with ProMPT Ghana registered thousands of migrant workers at lorry stations in Kumasi, the capital of Ghana’s Ashanti region. Volunteers took information from the women and gave them a ticket redeemable for a bed net at a later date.
For two weeks, women who had previously registered and held tickets were able to go, with their fully registered sleeping group, to any one of three distribution centers throughout Kumasi where they could collect their LLINs. Participants first had to watch two short films to collect their LLIN. The first film was on malaria transmission and the second film on LLIN maintenance. Both films were translated into local language. By the end of the distribution, 4300 nets had been distributed and more than 19,000 people previously sleeping without LLINs had been reached.