A young mother sewing a hole in a treated net during the bed net repair race in Aripea parish, Arua District
Malaria song sung by Baganaga VSLA group in Rakai
Kathryn Carlton poses with a womens group after purchasing subsidized bed nets in Jinja
Ashley Givan, Matt Boddie and Christine Pallette stand in front of the Peace Corps Uganda booth for the National World Malaria Day in Soroti
Robin Rentrope stands proudly by her students as they show their net repair skills in Katakwi
Andrew "Odeke" Boston sends the malaria messages through the airwaves in Ngora
Peace Corps Uganda
Uganda became active in the Stomping Out Malaria initiative in February of 2012.
- 163 Volunteers in the sectors of Health, Education, and Economic Development.
- 34 Volunteers have attended an intensive domestic malaria training
- Four volunteers have attended an intensive international malaria training
Malaria Prevention Activities
Peace Corps fights malaria in collaboration with
Serere district in eastern Uganda was one of the districts to participate in the pilot distribution. Peace Corps Response Volunteer, Ashley Givan, who works with Stop Malaria Project in Soroti, served on the Serere Distribution team. In July, she collaborated with Malaria Consortium (an international organization dedicated to the control of malaria, childhood diseases, and neglected tropical diseases) to execute a census. In August, weeks leading up to the distribution, Ashley based herself in Serere to assist in campaign activities, including trainings of local community leaders on how to register households and proper bednet usage. She also assisted in compiling and validating data to ensure an accurate number of bednets was available.
The pilot was successful in providing over 57,000 households in Serere District with 129,000 nets. The District Health Officer has indicated that there has been a drop in malaria cases among females five years and above from 6,400 cases in July to 4,140 in September. A more thorough analysis will take place over the next few years. The next step is to implement universal coverage across Uganda in phases through a Global Fund distribution tentatively starting in April 2013.