Day 3: This morning, Boot Camp 4 participants visited the village of Thieneba Seck to talk to El Hadji Momar Diop about his innovative community-led malaria prevention and awareness program. After El Hadji’s 12 year-old daughter Amy died of malaria along with 5 other village children and many pregnant women in 1999, community leaders gathered to ask questions about what this misunderstood disease was, what caused it, and how the community could stop it. After talking with local health workers, El Hadji and the men and women of Thieneba implemented an aggressive campaign to fight back against malaria. The villagers attempted to eliminate mosquito breeding sites, put together a program to ensure that everyone was using their mosquito nets properly, and started an intense education campaign for school children. After years of work, Thieneba Seck and the surrounding area are now malaria-free.
Stomping Out Malaria in Africa’s 4th Boot Camp starts today at 13:00 GMT in Thies, Senegal! Welcome to our 23 Volunteers and Staff from 10 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, we look forward to a fantastic training.
The idea was simple: to get a village to see how much money they spend treating malaria every year so that they would be motivated to sleep under their mosquito nets and prevent the disease in the first place. How did Senegal Peace Corps Volunteer Ben Gascoigne illustrate this statistic? By speaking to people’s stomachs: he lined the road from the village mosque to the health post with 196 sacks of rice - the number of sacks the village could have purchased with the money they instead spent on treating malaria. The display was a huge success - people finally took notice and Ben’s net care and repair demonstrations were a huge hit.
These photos were all taken on April 25th, World Malaria Day. Senegal PCV Ian Hennessee and his counterpart trained the women of their village’s Care Group about the importance of net care and how to wash and repair their mosquito nets. The women’s group then went out and gave similar lessons and demonstrations in everyone in the village’s compounds. It was a great success, thanks to their wonderful group of Care Group women!