Communications

Learning doesn’t end when you walk out the schoolroom door and it doesn’t end when Malaria Team Volunteers return to their countries. Ongoing knowledge sharing ensures that Malaria Team members have the most up to date information about key issues and knits these Volunteers into one team, with a shared purpose and vision. Innovative ideas no longer need to spend the months or years that they used to take traveling from the field to HQ and out to other Volunteers in the field. Volunteers want to share their operational knowledge with their peers.

Facebook Groups

Almost 100% of Volunteers and a growing number of staff already use Facebook. These two insights led Stomp to leverage Facebook Groups as a tool for communication and best practice sharing, both within the Malaria Team and with key partners. Volunteers, staff, and key partners have access to the Malaria Team Facebook Group, a bulletin board for asking questions, sharing the latest events, and receiving encouragement and insight from their peers.

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 Google Docs

While Facebook is a fantastic platform for instant feedback from a large peer group, many resources are too large to fit in an FB post, and finding information and documents can be difficult. However, 95% of all Volunteers use Google’s Gmail as their email provider and thus have access to Google Docs, an online file repository. Stomp has developed an online resource library in Google Docs available to all Malaria Team Volunteers. There, Volunteers can access lesson plans, case studies, and other media resources for malaria prevention. It is entirely searchable using standard Google Search and Malaria Team Volunteers can access it through their existing Gmail logins. Country-specific portions of the Google Docs library are made available to all Volunteers from that country.

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WordPress Content Management System

Stomp maintains a public facing website at http://www.stompoutmalaria.org that highlights Volunteers, their counterparts, and their unique malaria interventions. Built on a Free Open Source Software (FOSS) content management system, the site offers Volunteers with virtually no experience in website building simple tools to create, edit, and publish their projects in real time.

 

 

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Twitter Feeds

Volunteers without regular Internet access publish updates from their cell phones in a system that integrates live Twitter feeds on to each country profile page.

 

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