Peace Corps - Malaria

Welcome to the Peace Corps Malaria Toolkit.

40% of the world's population is at risk for malaria, and those living in the poorest countries are the most affected. Malaria is also noted to be the number one killer of young children in Africa. Malaria prevention and control are major foreign assistance objectives of the US government - as reflected through the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI). Peace Corps is also partnering in this effort to combat malaria in Africa.      

We welcome and encourage utilization of the toolkit by Peace Corps Volunteers and staff globally. This is how it works---look under the "Background and Technical" tab for resources regarding; 1) general Integrated Malaria Information, 2) Long Lasting Insecticide treated Bed-nets, 3) Malaria in Pregnancy and 4) Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) and look under the "Behavior Change and Mass Media" tab for radio scripts, YouTube cartoons, and Peace Corps mass media examples.  There is also a sub-heading for information on developed resources across Peace Corps Posts.  

For a background on Peace Corps malaria programs spanning the period 2006-2008, look here.

 







 Information category

Resources Description

Information on malaria case management, prevention/treatment of malaria in pregnant women, ITNs, environmental approaches to malaria, and IRS.   

Information on malaria programs and activities carried out by the Peace Corps.

LLINs are recommended as a key vector control intervention to protect all populations at risk of malaria, and are particularly effective in areas where vectors primarily stay indoors. They provide both personal protection with the net and the insecticide, and community protection by reducing the vector population when implemented at very high coverage

Pregnant women have a decreased level of immunity making them more susceptible to contracting malaria. Pregnant women who contract malaria face serious maternal and fetal health risks. Malaria is the cause of 15 percent of prenatal anemia and 35 percent of preventable low birth weight. In highly endemic countries, many women have developed some immunity; consequently re-infection with malaria during pregnancy may be asymptomatic, therefore masking the need for treatment. Women in their first pregnancies are at increased risk for malaria. 

Indoor Residual Spraying was widely used in Asia, the Americas and countries with seasonal transmission and more recently in the southern part of Africa and in Ethiopia. IRS is implemented by the application of residual insecticides to the walls of houses and appropriate household locations.

 

We also invite you to contribute by suggesting resources to include and posting your comments through the feedback form.

 

 

Toolkit last updated: January 20, 2015