In April 2014, Peace Corps Mozambique received a generous donation of 1,000 Malaria booklets from Novartis Pharma AG. The booklets tell the story, “Tatu luta contra a malaria” (Tatu fights against malaria), showing the story of a young girl who gets malaria and then goes to the hospital to get treatment, it’s written in Portuguese.
Peace Corps Mozambique has been working hard over the past six months to utilize the booklets as much as possible. The booklets are available at each of the regional offices for Peace Corps Volunteers to take and use in school libraries, with youth groups and at community trainings. For example, one volunteer, Sam Loftus in Maputo Province, put 12 copies of the booklets in his school’s library. He was thrilled because this was one of the first times that there would be more than just one copy of a book available in the library. Many Education Volunteers are involved with starting libraries in their communities so the Tatu booklets have been a great addition. Another volunteer, Adela Hoffman in Inhambane Province, used 10 copies of the booklets to do malaria activities at the preschool where she was volunteering.
Two copies of the booklets are being given out to Volunteers at any IST Conference.
The Malaria Task Force has included the booklets into all community malaria awareness training of trainers currently being done. Two copies are distributed to each participant at the trainings. On the first day of the training the participants homework assignment is to read the booklet and then on the second day we review the booklet as a group by completing the quiz in the back of the booklet. The participants are encouraged to use the booklet as their guide for promoting malaria prevention and awareness in their communities. It is a great resource for community health workers to demonstrate to families the importance of going to the hospital and completing the treatment for malaria. In total, over 115 booklets have been distributed through community malaria awareness training of trainers thus far.
And most recently, PC Mozambique was able to distribute 100 copies of the booklets to children in attendance at the annual Timbila Festival in Quissico, Inhambane.
While we have been able to hand out about half of the booklets, there are still about half to be distributed. In order to continue distributing the booklets, Peace Corps Mozambique will continue to distribute to volunteers at volunteer trainings and conferences. And in November, just before the rainy season hits here in Mozambique, Peace Corps Mozambique will be running a Malaria Awareness Month, a competition amongst the three different regions in Mozambique to see who can do the most malaria activities within the month. The booklets will still be available at all regional offices and promoted as a useful tool to incorporate into their malaria prevention and education activities planned.