Modelling a project successfully implemented by a previous Volunteer, PCV Dylan Yosick worked with student volunteers to execute a massive school rehabilitation project to help prevent malaria infection in the Alto Molocue district of Zambezia, Mozambique. Over 200 window screens and doors were rehabilitated or installed, and lemongrass was planted around the perimeter of the school, acting as a natural mosquito repellent and beautifying school grounds.
Peace Corps Mozambique is spreading the message of malaria prevention and treatment all throughout the country. Allison Budzinski, a 2nd year volunteer in the Zambezia province worked with her host organization WorldVision to set up various youth groups in and around the district of Morrumbala.
Kyla Johnson, Mozambique’s newest Malaria Activities Coordinator, along with Peace Corps Volunteers from 10 other African countries gathered in Thiès, Senegal, for 10 days to share the most effective strategies and tactics for combating malaria across the continent. Boot Camp trainings cultivate a select team of Peace Corps Volunteers Leaders, Response Volunteers, and Staff as the “Malaria Team:” a core group of dedicated people who will lead their posts’ malaria efforts and facilitate projects for their volunteers in the field. Boot Camp V was from September 19 to the 29, 2012 and brought together a total of 27 participants. Via Skype, volunteers were able to engage with some of the world’s foremost authorities on malaria prevention and determine methods to bring the latest research back to their communities. Throughout the 10-day training, experts led intensive sessions on topics such as malaria science, HIV/AIDS and malaria co-infection, bed net distributions, international malaria policy and control and advocacy.
On September 4th, Health Peace Corps Volunteers Jason Hillis and Kyle Tharp coordinated a training on malaria prevention, early detection and treatment, and the dangers of HIV/AIDS and malaria co-infection. In conjunction with PIRCOM (Inter-Religious Program Against Malaria) in Homoine, Inhambane Province, and funded by PEPFAR (U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), a total of 26 participants, including community activists, religious leaders, and local traditional healers (curandeiros) received information and learned about the parasite which greatly affects the surrounding community..