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 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: 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.