By: Johanna Twiford
S.W.A.T. Malaria met on Monday, April 16th, 2012 at Bunso Cocoa College in the Eastern Region of Ghana to educate and train the new regional representatives. The ten (10) new regional representatives were educated on the basics of malaria, prevention methods, treatment methods, and interventions. They were trained on new participatory user tools found in the S.W.A.T. Malaria Bucket. The tools included in the buckets were selected and created to be user friendly for all sectors of Peace Corps Ghana. Each region now has a S.W.A.T. Malaria Bucket available for all PCVs to help facilitate community malaria education. Each of the regional representatives were instructed on how to hold a World Malaria Day activity utilizing both the S.W.A.T. Malaria Bucket and other PCVs in their region. The WMD activity will include neem cream demonstrations, various net hangings, care and maintenance of a net, and high-risk/ low-risk contraction and transmission game cards. During the training, the regional representatives were trained on the importance of monitoring and evaluation of malaria projects in their regions, how to provide proper leadership and support to their regions’ PCVs on such matters, and how to properly document and report on the progress of their regions’ malaria projects. The in-service training was a success due to facilitators Bethany Davidson, David Kalpakchian, Zoe Sugg, and Johanna Twiford. It also couldn’t have been done without the attendees: Adam Biddle, Sean Blaufuss, Hannah Braun, Alex Hadduck, Lindsey Hanson, Megan Kirby, Jean Leav, Jake McCommons, Rachel Ricciardi, Jason Ready, Daniel Suits, and Nathan Wilkinson. Go S.W.A.T. Malaria!