Peace Corps Tanzania
- 169 Volunteers serving in the sectors of Education, Environment, Agriculture, and Health
- 100% of Volunteers trained in malaria prevention
- 7 Volunteers have attended an intensive international malaria training
- 79 Volunteers have attended an intensive domestic malaria training
Malaria Prevention Activities
Volunteers reached 5,500 people in 27 communities with a malaria message in 2012.
- 20 home visits conducted
- 1,000 students taught about malaria in schools
- 2,100 individuals reached during theater tours and malaria fairs
- 1 radio show created and aired on seven radio stations
Training of Trainers: Volunteers trained leaders in their communities to be malaria prevention advocates. In 2012, Tanzania Volunteers trained 169 community members and students. These trainings were held during formal Peace Corps trainings, youth leadership camps, schools, and in the communities.
Targeting Vulnerable Populations: Volunteers reached 1,165 children under the age of five with a malaria message through messaging to caregivers.
Research and Innovation: Peace Corps Tanzania partnered with the Research Triangle Institute to study the effectiveness of indoor residual spraying and bednet usage associated with indoor residual spraying.
Peace Corps Tanzania fights malaria in collaboration with
Project Highlight: Training of Trainers in the Village
Stephany Perkins arrived in her Tanzanian village as an eager Peace Corps Volunteer for the environment program. In her initial few months, she listened carefully to what her villagers viewed as their most important needs.
Health education was top on the list of identified needs created through the series of community meetings. Specifically, the villagers wanted malaria education. Perkins understood the importance of working on the community’s needs and contacted Carol Sevin, one of the PC Malaria Volunteers in Tanzania funded in-part by the President’s Malaria Initiative. The pair designed a village-based Training of Trainers which would not only educate about malaria prevention and treatment but also provide a venue for attendees to learn how to teach others.
“The biggest aspect that made this TOT successful was that it was an identified need,” Perkins said. “It was exciting to see everyone come out of their shells during the training.”
Day 1 of the four-day training was themed What is Malaria and How Can We Protect Our Community from It? Participants learned the basics of malaria through games and speakers. Myths and misconceptions were broken down to make the facts clear and understandable. Then the details were examined: transmission, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
On Day 2, the group made teaching tools and learned how to teach with them. A comparison of activities was discussed for teaching students versus adults. Tools included games involving bed net usage and Chumo, a short film about malaria in pregnancy produced by Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Programs, USAID and Media for Development International Tanzania.
Days 3 and 4 were scheduled to give the participants a chance to try what they had learned first-hand. Day 3 was spent at the village primary school. Colorful flipcharts, games and skits were used for an interactive lesson. Day 4 was held at the village health center. Participants led a repairing mosquito nets repair lesson as well as a discussion on malaria prevention and treatment for pregnant women.