USAID/PMI collaboration with U.S. Peace Corps: Net Longevity Study & Peace Corps Stomping Out Malaria in Africa Initiative

Dr. Allen Craig (PMI Resident Advisor), Jane Coleman (U.S. Peace Corps Malaria Coordinator), and Ashley Kowal (Society for Family Health Malaria and Child Survival Liaison), are working on a 224 month PMI Net Longevity Study that will research the physical integrity and insecticide persistence of bednets distributed in Northern and Luapula provinces last year. Thirty-eight U.S. Peace Corps volunteers and thirty-eight of their local Zambian counterparts were trained in March 2012 on how to randomly select households to enroll in the study, how to administer a study consent form, and conduct initial, net, and follow-up questionnaires. PMI and Peace Corps have been working on malaria control projects for the last few years, and the collaboration has resulted in a great partnership.
Last year on World Malaria Day, the CDC, USAID/PMI and U.S. Peace Corps announced a new partnership to “Stomp Out” the burden of malaria in sub-Saharan African countries where Peace Corps and PMI overlap. This new collaborative effort will help PMI, national governments, and global malaria partners to reduce malaria mortality by 50% in those countries by 2015. The initiative is also consistent with the Global Health Initiative’s focus on public partnerships and building country capacity.
The Coordinator for all Stomp Out events in Zambia will be managed by Jane Coleman, the U.S. Peace Corps Malaria Coordinator. Ms. Coleman has a Masters in International and Community Public Health; served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa, and has worked in malaria control and HIV/AIDS education and awareness in Africa for the last 7 years.
This year for World Malaria Day, April 25th, U.S. Peace Corps is collaborating with the National Malaria Control Centre, Vestergaard Frandsen, and the USAID on World Malaria Day activities occurring in Kasama and Lusaka and other locations around Zambia.

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