Peace Corps Madagascar
- 112 volunteers serving in the sectors of Health, Agriculture, Environment, and Community Enterprise Development
- 100% of Volunteers trained in malaria prevention
- 44 Volunteers have attended an intensive domestic malaria training
- Five volunteers have attended an intensive international malaria training
Malaria Prevention Activities
Seventeen PCVs participated in 17 malaria projects, reaching 27,201 people in Madagascar in 2012.
Training of Trainers: Volunteers trained 79 community health workers and 45 youth group members to be malaria prevention agents in their communities.
- 45 home visits conducted
- 10,000 students taught about malaria in their schools
- 17,200 individuals during theater tours and malaria fairs
Targeting Vulnerable Populations:
- 350 pregnant women reached with malaria behavior change messages
- 17,200 children under the age of five touched by a malaria message through messaging to caregivers
Research and Innovation: Volunteers are involved in diverse research projects including:
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention monitoring and evaluation
- Bed net care, repair, and durability study
- Monitoring and evaluation of recent bed net distribution
Peace Corps Madagascar fights malaria in collaboration with
Project Highlight: Malaria Festivals
Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) in the Eastern Region of Tamatave partake in malaria activities in the month of April. In, 2012, three PCVs; Beth Drouhard, Environment (2012-2014), Corey Ackerman Health (2011-2013), and Brynna Hoggard Environment (2011-2013), traveled to three different sites to have malaria awareness festivals. They demonstrated net care and repair activities such as washing a net, sewing holes in damaged nets and transforming a net by turning it into a circle.
Community Health Workers were trained on the proper use of Rapid Diagnostic Testing and correct and complete Intermittent Presumptive Treatment for pregnant women intake. Rice sacks were strung together and hung on the outside of the health clinic to visualize the price of malaria in a community, this was the most important aspect because community members were able to see how much malaria actually costs a community and then they learned ways they can prevent it.
Other malaria activities included a mosquito piñata game where children got the chance to ‘beat’ malaria in regards to their sleeping habits, a puppet show by local organization ‘Marionettist Fenerive-Est’ depicting correct net usage, malaria trivia, dream banners and poetry. These activities will be the first of many in Madagascar in terms of new methods of delivering information and hands-on activities. As Corey is the only Health Volunteer in the region it was interesting for the other Environment PCVs to do malaria activities and work outside of their field. They enjoyed how they collaborated with local organizations and other PCVs as well as the puppeteers.