Malaria Networking in Malawi

Education volunteer, Joseph Engmark, has been working hand in hand with Mercy, a health surveillance assistant (HSA) at Chikwina Health Centre in Nkhata Bay district. When Joe came back from a Peace Corps mini Malaria Boot Camp training in January, he debriefed and presented a short malaria-focused training to the health workers at the clinic. On Thursday, February 11th, Mercy invited World …

Field Trip Along Malawi’s Lakeshore

“What an amazing day! All 15 students that attended left Chintheche Hospital with a big smile (even the ones that had to go on malaria treatment)” says education volunteer, Christina Baello, who led each of her students to a local hospital to learn more about the disease that all too often plays a lethal occurrence in her village. After school, …

Fighting at the Grassroots Level in Rwanda

Rwanda is making great strides in the fight against malaria. In 2011, Rwandan became one of the first sub-Saharan African countries to achieve universal net coverage – that’s one net for every two people. The government has plans to achieve pre-elimination status from the World Health Organization and near-zero deaths from malaria by 2018. In 2013, the government began a …

Bridging the Gap in Rwanda

Upon arriving at site, Rwandan health volunteers are required to immediately begin collecting community data in order to create a Community Needs Assessment. This report is written in order to determine the specific needs of the community and the ways that it might benefit from a volunteer. At an In-Service Training this month, the new training class of health volunteers …

First 1000 days in Rwanda

In 2013, Rwanda launched the First 1,000 Days Campaign to combat the issue of malnutrition wreaking havoc on Rwanda’s children and potentially its future workforce and economic stability. The First 1,000 Days Campaign targets pregnant mothers and children up to 2 years old – this is the 1,000 days between conception and children’s second year of life. Peace Corps Rwanda …

Finding my niche

Why did I first become involved in malaria prevention? I was bored. As a newly sworn-in volunteer in Guinea and having only been at site for three months, I was bored. Peace Corps Volunteers know that these initial months are intended for community integration, and projects aren’t meant to be started at this time. However, my inner American was just …

Nakanyonyi Primary School

In Nakanyonyi Primary School, we have 2,500 pupils of which 150 are in boarding and being assisted by over 60 teaching and non-teaching staff.  The numbers of staff and pupils are high along with the numbers that are sleeping without a mosquito net.  We received 100 mosquito nets during second term to distribute to our school. In order to be …

Delivering Malaria Care in Senegal: Part three

This post was written by 2014 GHDI graduate, Daniel Hodson. This is the third post in a three part series by Daniel. Click here to read part one. This series was originally published by Global Health Deliver Project. Heroes Counting malaria cases, forecasting future cases, translating estimates into specific needs for specific sites, and physically moving these supplies from point A to point B – …