Matt McLaughlin kicked off the seventh day of boot camp IV with leading a riveting discussion about the Project Management Cycle. Attendees discussed the importance and use of the tools they’ve been learning about varying from formative research to monitoring and evaluating. They also pieced these tools into the broader scheme of the project management cycle and malaria work. Afterwards, Marcus Walton and Johanna Twiford taught the group the basics of photography and the importance of documenting the amazing work we do in the field.
In the afternoon, Fara Ndiaye, Communications Officier at Malaria No More, shared how Malaria No More and Speak Up Africa have used mass media campaigns like Night Watch and Zinduka! to engage and educate various populations about malaria. Fara also taught the group about “Becoming a Malaria Salesperson”. The partipants learned the best techniques in crafting a malaria sales pitch, developed sample “pitches”, and staged mock interviews with each other. Find out more about Speak Up Africa at SpeakUpAfrica.org and follow them on Twitter at @SpeakUpAfrica1.
David Gittelman, Deputy Lead of the CDC-PMI Team in Atlanta, honored the group with his virtual presence through Skype. Mr. Gittelman shared some of the great collaborative work between PCVs and PMI across Africa in malaria prevention efforts and research. He also offered suggestions of how PMI and PCVs can support each other.