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Weekly Awesome: the Gambia, part VI

For the Gambia’s final “Weekly Awesome” installment, we present a video of a Gambian Peace Corps Volunteer having a dance off with one of the village women during one of the Upper River Region net distributions.  Definitely worth watching.

Enjoy, and cheers Gambia!  Great work Stomping Out Malaria.

Photos from PC Gambia’s Upper River Region bed net distribution. 

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 wash and dry a bed net.  

Nets were funded and transported with help from Against Malaria and Peace Corps Senegal.

“The impregnated female mosquito must lay her eggs in bodies of water where they will hatch and feed on whatever debris floats by.  The larvae’s survival depends on being deposited in an amenable place to which its kind has been specifically adapted. Some thrive in salty water; others must have fresh.  Some require shade; others, sun. Some demand flowing waters; others, stagnant.”  Excerpt from The Fever by Sonia Shah, pg. 60. 

Weekly Awesome: the Gambia, part IV: June 2011. 13 health Peace Corps volunteers. Trained (for the first time ever in the Gambia) on how to make a soak pit.  Result: standing water is no longer stagnant, but flows down into the soak pits, giving the Anopheles mosquito one less place to breed. 

How? Lots of manual labor: first, a hole is dug deep into the dry, packed, red clay of the Sahel; then boulders are retrieved and broken up into pieces that will fit into the hole; the hole is then filled with boulders, rice bags, sand and a pipe, all to help aid the drainage process. 

Thanks to the three Malaria Team PCVs from Ghana, for teaching us about this awesome idea at our June 2011 Stomping Out Malaria in Africa Boot Camp.