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Author: Dan Quinn
Tags: Burkina Faso , Education , Home Visits , weekly awesome
PCV Michael Corcoran lives in a small village located in the Sourou valley of Burkina Faso. After attending malaria training with the president of his village COGES (the committee that serves as an intermediary between his local health clinic and the community), Michael and his counterpart decided to work together to develop a series of door to door mosquito net campaigns.
Together, they conducted over 40 education home visits throughout the community. At each house, Michael and his counterpart discussed the importance of malaria prevention and treatment with the families. They also provided community members with prevention techniques. For example, they explained recipes for making local anti-mosquito creams, conducted mosquito net usage demonstrations, and encouraged families to go local health clinic when malaria symptoms arise.
In addition, Michael reached out to not only the village residents but also civil servants such as teachers, thus extending the malaria education beyond village residents.