Weekly Awesome Mozambique: PCVs work to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS and malaria co-infection
All Health PCVs in Mozambique are funded by PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief), and work primarily in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Initiated in January 2012, Peace Corps/Mozambique malaria program aims to integrate malaria prevention activities into the HIV-focused activities that PCVs across the country are already do. The HIV/AIDS situation in Mozambique is precisely the reason that malaria activities must also continue to be scaled up: the dangerous effects of both diseases are only aggravated by each other.
Weekly Awesome Mozambique: JUNTOS: Youth Groups Educate the Community About Malaria
Jovens Unidos No Trabalho para Oportunidade e Sucesso—Youths United in the Work for Opportunity and Success is a co-ed club that uses different forms of communication to transmit information to students and communities. For a number of years, Peace Corps Volunteers have been working with JUNTOS groups to promote and share healthy practices through discussion, activities, and games. Recently, volunteers have focused their activities with a malaria and HIV/AIDS theme.
Weekly Awesome Mozambique: Malaria Activities with Neighborhood Kids
Peace Corps Volunteers don’t wait around for formal settings in which to work and educate kids about malaria! Mozambique PCVs take their messages to the playground, the classroom, or the street to capture a youth audience and teach them about malaria prevention in fun ways.
Weekly Awesome Mozambique: Training of Trainers in Zambezia Province
On Thursday July 5th, in Mocuba, Zambezia province, eight Peace Corps Health Volunteers, ten Mozambican counterparts, one representative from PIRCOM (Programa Inter-Religioso Contra a Malária), and one Peace Corps Staff member participated in a general malaria prevention “Training of Trainers.” The purpose of this workshop was two-fold: to propagate malaria prevention messages to the communities where participants live and to prepare PCVs and Mozambican counterparts to assist in the upcoming net distribution and spraying campaigns in the districts where they live and work.
Malaria’s no fun but learning about it can be fun. Several volunteers in Tanzania have adapted some popular children’s games to be malaria themed. Classics like “Simon Says”, “Sharks and Minnows”, and “Zip, Zap, Zop” can be easily converted to energizers and learning games at girls’ conferences, environment/health club meetings, or in the classroom.