Malaria is prevalent in 90% of Madagascar, with the most stricken regions on the East Coast. PCVs all over the country are working towards Stomping Out Malaria and decreasing deaths due to malaria by 2015. Below is a map of the prevalence of malaria for children under 5 years old that tested positive for Plasmodium falciparum.
- The NightWatch curriculum developed by Malaria No More has been translated into Malagasy with help from the LCFs (Language and Culture Facilitators) and has been widely distributed to all PCVs.
- One-Day Mini Boot Camps have been scheduled for the Majunga, Morondava, SAVA and Diego regions, with the most recent one in Feburary in Moramanga, training 15 PCVs in 3 regions.
- SWAT (Standing With Africa to Terminate) Malaria camps have been developed in Fort Dauphin and Mananjary, with PCVs bringing 16 secondary school children to the main city to teach about malaria prevention, treatment and peer leadership. With partners such as PSI (Population Services International) and the Ministry of Health giving speeches to the youth about health in Fort Dauphin.
- On the East Coast in Tsivangiana PCVs developed a net care and repair mural that displays the 4 important steps to making your net last for 3 years; washing it with bar soap and not detergent, drying in the shade, using it properly every night and repairing holes. They painted and drew the mural on fabric then used a natural ‘soupy rice’ paste where they then glued the mural onto the health clinic (CSB). Fun and innovative!
- April 2013 PC Madagascar welcomes PCRV Ally Young back to Madagascar. She served from 2010-2012 and returns for a year. She is working with USAID | DELIVER working with malaria prevention and monitoring of private health facilities. She hopes to attend the June 2013 Stomping Out Malaria in Africa Boot Camp in Thies, Senegal.