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Author: Raffaele Macri
Tags: ACT , Global Youth Service Day , LLIN , Volunteer Spotlight , Youth Group
In her first two years while living in Amparafaravola which is located in the Lac Alaotra region of Madagascar, PCV Teena Curry with the youth group painted a mural depicting the malaria transmission cycle and the importance of sustained LLIN use. By the end of the event, 15 members of the youth group were trained in explaining the importance of LLIN use and how to properly care for mosquito nets and one or two performed sensitizations to community members while the others painted. The painting of the mural was combined with other community education events during the week of World Malaria Day including 2 neem cream demonstrations and wall of fame project that featured photos of families who hung their net correctly and self-reported having slept under it every night. Other secondary projects during her first two years of service included preparing the curriculum for a behavior change communication training for 16 community health workers which included techniques for behavior change messages related to malaria prevention activities.
That’s just a few things that Teena did as a PCV from 2010 – 2012, she extended her service until October 2013.
15 members of the Mananjary GBS (Groupe Biblique Secondaire) Youth Group were instrumental in the planning efforts of the event including creating radio messaging, preparing flyers, creating visuals for an information booth, choreographing and performing a dance skit at the net care and repair event. The Youth also helped teach community members the proper way to wash a net and hang a net to protect the net from future wear and tear. The goal of the dance was to encourage the continued use of mosquito nets and bring awareness about the importance of seeking treatment at the first sign of illness. The youth practiced the dance for several weeks leading up to the event and had a good audience of 40-50 people the first time they performed the dance. The youth performed the dance two other times during the net care and repair event and it was unexpected that they wanted to perform the malaria dance multiple times. This was good as it drew more people to come and see what was happening. Great work Teena! The dance is awesome. Check out the link below!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjHRCZTDBxw - Check out the Malaria Dance that the kids did.