Peace Corps Malawi
There are over 150 Volunteers serving in Malawi through the sectors of Health, Environment, and Education.
- 100% of Volunteers are trained in malaria prevention
- 35 Volunteers have attended an intensive domestic malaria training
- Two staff members devoted to malaria prevention training and activities
- Three volunteers have attended an intensive international training
Malaria Prevention Activities
Education Campaigns: Volunteers organize community malaria prevention and awareness educational events with theater, lectures, games, and songs. Volunteers spread awareness through youth clubs and at youth leadership camps.
Radio: Volunteers create malaria prevention radio public service announcements that are aired on local radio stations across Malawi.
Developing Malaria Materials: Volunteers are developing children’s books to teach young children about malaria and prevention.
Research and Innovation: Volunteers are partnering with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research malarial drug efficacy
Peace Corps Malawi fights malaria in collaboration with
Project Highlight: Expanding Research
During 2011- 2012 PCV Kate Dieringer worked with a team from CDC to provide technical support to a Malawian organization based out of the College of Medicine in Blantyre, The Malaria Alert Center. The organization has a field site in Liwonde, a high transmission zone in a river valley, with laboratory capacity as staff to implement hospital and community based programmatic research initiatives.
Her two years included an in ViVo drug efficacy study looking at first and second line drugs in a cohort of under five children for six weeks. Additionally her team began a three year insecticide resistance study looking at different types of nets and their utility in preventing malaria in both the human population and vector. Results influence policy at the Ministry level.