Peace Corps Zambia
In 2011, U. S. Peace Corps and PMI Zambia partnered together to create a malaria team. Since that time, they have been scaling up malaria education among all sectors of Peace Corps Zambia and collaborating with NGOs and neighborhood health committees.
- 250 Volunteers serving in the sectors of Health, Education, Agriculture, and Aquaculture
- 100% of Volunteers trained in malaria prevention
- One Peace Corps staff member devoted to malaria prevention activities and training
- Five volunteers have attended an intensive international malaria training
Malaria Prevention Activities
In 2012, Volunteers reached approximately 7,000 people in 53 communities with malaria prevention activities.
Bednet Distributions: Volunteers aided in 12 bednet distributions, delivering about 2,800 nets.
- Volunteers have conducted 600 home visits
- 1,700 students were taught about malaria in school
- 5,000 people were reached during theater tours and malaria fairs
- Radio shows were aired around the country
Research and Innovation: Peace Corps Zambia partnered with the President’s Malaria Initiative to survey communities about bednet usage and collected data for a bednet longevity study.
Peace Corps Zambia fights malaria in collaboration with
Project Highlight: Test and Treatment Research
Elyse Callahan is a response volunteer working with the Malaria Control and Evaluation Partnership in Africa (MACEPA) in southern Zambia on their malaria elimination program in collaboration with the Zambian National Malaria Control Center to meet the goals of 5 malaria-free zones by 2015.
The program has 3 key steps: rapid reporting, test & treat, and active surveillance. Together they form a system designed to find and treat remaining malaria infections in places with reduced malaria outbreaks. First, clinicians are trained to use a mobile client to send in data weekly. Second, community health workers (CHW) are trained to use rapid diagnostic tests and necessary reporting instruments. Third, CHWs are trained in case management and how to respond to malaria-positive results. Any positive cases are treated and start a new radius of testing.
A focus in the MACEPA program is to foster responsibility and ownership within the local health system. Provincial and district teams supervise the activity. Though MACEPA and its partners help to begin these programs, they work closely with local health teams to integrate the program completely into the government system.