The History of Peace Corps Togo’s Malaria Efforts
Togo joined the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa Initiative in September of 2011. Peace Corps Togo has 95 volunteers throughout all five regions of Togo in the sectors of Small Enterprise Development (SED), Girls Education and Empowerment (GEE), Environmental Action and Food Security (EAFS), and Community Health and AIDS Prevention (CHAP). Peace Corps Togo is dedicated to expanding its malaria related activities in Togo and working together to stomp out malaria in Togo.
Malaria, including the most deadly form p. falciparum, is endemic throughout all five regions of Togo (See Maps below). In Togo, malaria represents 60% of all deaths of children under the age of five and is a leading cause of death and infirmity throughout the population.
Peace Corps Togo looks forward towards training all sector volunteers in malaria prevention and encouraging all volunteers to participate in malaria related activities. A volunteer led Malaria Action Committee has also been created to lead volunteer malaria initiatives.
[modal name="The spatial distribution of Plasmodium falciparum malaria endemicity map in 2010 in Togo"]The spatial distribution of Plasmodium falciparum malaria endemicity map in 2010 in Togo[/modal]