Weekly Awesome: the Gambia, part V
Last summer and fall, over 2,000 Long-Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) were distributed to 15 communities and health centers in the Upper River Region (URR) of the Gambia. A number of Peace Corps volunteers in the Gambia took part in the planning and implementation stages of the universal coverage bed net distribution. Below, PCV Sunny Utterback does a demonstration of how to properly...
Weekly Awesome: the Gambia, part III
Preventative health volunteer Kelsey Lyle showed that neem cream isn’t just for the village family trying to avoid malaria. MJ’s Salon and Skills Training Center is a place where women ages 17-36, most of whom are dropouts or unwed mothers, can take classes to learn hair dressing skills in order to earn their cosmetology licenses and have their own income. To give the women more marketable...
Weekly Awesome: the Gambia, part I
Collaborating with Community Health Nurses Health Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) often work with Community Health Nurses (CHNs) to disseminate public health messages throughout the Gambia. One such PCV is Dawn Washburn, working with CHN Omar Danso. Dawn and Omar not only work in their own community, but also travel to surrounding villages to talk about the ways to prevent malaria. In...
This is how aid should be done.– Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson, after a panel discussion on the fight against malaria. World Malaria Day 2011: April 25, 2011 Press conference announcing collaboration between Peace Corps and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to create the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa...