Weekly Awesome Ghana: SWAT Regional Representative Training
From August 7-8, 2012, Ghana’s SWAT’m (Standing With Africa to Terminate Malaria) Team gathered in Kumasi for their SWAT Regional Rep Training. The training was a 2-day intensive workshop highlighting new materials and resources learned at the Stomp Out Malaria Boot Camp IV.
On June 22, 2012, five health and agriculture volunteers kicked off the first Strategic Training of OMOA Malaria Peer EDucators (STOMPED) workshop in conjunction with the Organic Mango Outgrowers Association and Ghana Health Services. The 13 community representatives in attendance learned about the basic science of malaria, prevention and treatment, and how to properly hang and care for a mosquito net.
Weekly Awesome Ghana: Volunteer and Counterpart Spotlight - Alisa Langford and Osei Nkuah Jonas
Alisa Langford is a Peace Corps Volunteer located in the Western Region of Ghana. During the first few weeks at site, Alisa and her counterpart, Osei Nkuah Jonas did a lot of “house to house” education throughout their community. For four weeks, they went through the community twice a week inquiring whether the households were using the ITNs recently distributed by Ghana Health Service.
Weekly Awesome Ghana: Neem Demonstrations by: Sonja Slavinski
“It’s the beginning of the rainy season in the northern regions of Ghana, and in the Upper East region, the mosquitoes are starting to breed and cases of malaria are becoming more prevalent. The bed net distribution happened a few months ago, but the population is still vulnerable to bites when the mosquitoes are most active. With the help and support of the two local clinics, the Sirigu Clinic and the Bugsongo Clinic, I’ve been doing neem cream demonstrations for mothers with babies ages 0-3.”
Sean Blaufuss is a Health Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Region, Ghana. For six months, he has been working the Sefwi Asawinso Secondary School’s Future Health Leaders Club. On July 18th, 2012, the club took their knowledge of malaria to Mighty Arms Preparatory School, a primary school.
Weekly Awesome Mozambique: Mocuba World Malaria Day Fair
For World Malaria Day 2012 (April 25th), PCV Tanya Riddle helped the local organization Osivela wa Yesu (“For the Love of Jesus” in local language) organize a community fair to educate the population about malaria and raise awareness of prevention strategies.