These past two weeks have been an incredible experience for the Malaria Team in Burkina Faso, as we added three new members to the ranks of STOMP graduates. PCV Alex Kuznetsov, third year PCV Emily Engel, and Response Volunteer and Stomp Coordinator Meredith Baker all completed Boot Camp V in Thies, Senegal.
They participated in intensive sessions presented by malaria experts on topics such as Supply Chain Management, HIV/AIDs and Malaria Co-infection, Malaria in Pregnancy, Behavior Change, Indoor Residual Spraying, Malaria Plasmodium Cycle, Project Cycle Management, and many more. The line-up of malaria experts included but was not limited to Rear. Adm. Tim Ziemer, US Global Malaria Coordinator; Dr. Dennis Kyle, Distinguished Professor from the University of South Florida; Dr. Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University Professor; and PMI Senegal Resident Advisors Debbie Gueye and Julie Thwing. They also had the opportunity to network with key players in the fight against malaria including prominent researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, and the University of South Florida; NGO coordinators from Malaria No More and Against Malaria; Peace Corps staff including the Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet; and Peace Corps Volunteers representing twelve different countries in Africa.
This experience has brought new energy to the malaria fight in Burkina Faso. The team is looking forward to providing support and resources to PCVs as they continue to facilitate innovative projects to stomp out malaria in Burkina Faso, and across the continent.