Peace Corps Rwanda
Rwanda launched its Stomping Out Malaria in Africa program in 2011. Since then, Rwanda’s Malaria Team has been working to align volunteer projects with the goals of the Ministry of Health, the President’s Malaria Initiative, and the Millennium Development Goals.
- 102 Volunteers serving in the sectors of Health and Education
- 100% of Volunteers trained in malaria prevention
- 8 Volunteers have attended an intensive international malaria training
Malaria Prevention Activities
Volunteers have reached over 21 communities with malaria prevention activities in Rwanda.
Education Campaigns: Volunteers have reached over 55 individuals with a malaria message during theater tours and malaria fairs.
Training of Trainers: Volunteers trained leaders in their communities to be malaria prevention advocates. In 2012, Volunteers trained 144 community members and students. These trainings were held during formal Peace Corps trainings, youth leadership camps, at schools, and in communities.
Targeting Vulnerable Populations: Volunteers reached over 30 children under the age of five with a malaria message through messaging to caregivers.
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Project Highlight: Empowering Boys
The area is impoverished because of its isolation from cities and roads. The low elevation and presence of water ensures malaria is endemic. In fact, Gisagara is one of the districts with the highest burden of malaria in Rwanda. Many residents suffer from malaria often, including students. When students are sick with malaria, they miss prolonged periods of school, causing them to fall behind in their lessons and threatening their ability to perform well on the National Exam. The grade a student receives on the National Exam determines whether he or she will continue to secondary level and the quality of school. Only 10% of students pass the National Exam in Rwanda.
Working with a Rwandan Facilitator, Jean Marie Vianney Twizerimana, Arielle and Virginia taught four sessions on malaria to 56 young men. The goal was for each student to be able to explain how malaria is transmitted, how to prevent transmission, the signs and symptoms of malaria, where to go for treatment, and common malaria intervention strategies by the end of the lesson. During the lesson, Jean shared his experience suffering from cerebral malaria with the class. The experience caused him to become an advocate for net use and malaria treatment in his community. He was a role model for the young boys at camp, speaking to their own perceptions of pride to reinforce the importance of using a mosquito net. Before dismissing the class, he asked who planned to sleep under a mosquito net every night. Every student raised his hand.