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An Essay Contest for Peace Corps Volunteers – Spread the word about malaria!
Stomping Out Malaria in Africa is partnering with the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria to sponsor an essay contest in support of the “Every Woman Every Child” campaign. Applicants are asked to submit an essay and or a photo about malaria. From friends to host families to work partners, every Peace Corps volunteer in Africa is touched by malaria – it’s time those stories got out.
These essays will help people all over the world understand why malaria prevention is one of the most important things they can do to save the lives of women and children in Africa. The stories will be about children whose big dreams are imperilled by this deadly disease, the African everyday heros across the continent who dedicate their lives to fighting back, and the life-changing work that volunteers do in support of their African counterparts every day. If you are a Peace Corps Volunteer, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, or Peace Corps Staff Member, please go to our submission page and learn how to enter. The due date for all submissions is
August 31, 2012 UPDATE – Submission deadline extended to September 8!.
Check back at stompoutmalaria.org in September to read the winning essays and see photos from the front lines of the campaign to end malaria in our lifetime.
“Every Woman Every Child” Campaign
The “Every Woman Every Child” Campaign is an unprecedented global movement, spearheaded by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, to mobilize and intensify global action to improve the health of women and children around the world. Working with leaders from governments, multilateral organizations, the private sector and civil society, Every Woman Every Child aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children and improve the lives of millions more.
Stomping Out Malaria in Africa
Stomping Out Malaria in Africa is a Peace Corps initiative to mobilize all Peace Corps Volunteers serving in sub-Saharan Africa to engage in malaria reduction activities within their communities and countries. Peace Corps Volunteers live in the communities they serve for two years. These communities vary from large urban centers to small rural communities sometimes lacking electricity and running water. Volunteers learn the local language and technical skills necessary to serve during an intensive three-month training period.
On April 25, 2011 Peace Corps launched its Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative at a World Malaria Day event at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington DC. Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams along with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and PMI Coordinator Admiral Timothy Ziemer advanced a grand vision for a unique collaboration between Peace Corps Volunteers in the field, US Government malaria prevention professionals at partner agencies, partner NGOs and host country institutions across Africa.
Stomping Out Malaria in Africa was built on the vision that through strategic partnerships, targeted training and mobilization of Volunteers, intelligent use of information technology, and radically efficient use of seed funding, Peace Corps will focus the efforts of over 3,000 Volunteers in sub-Saharan Africa to make an immediate and measurable impact in the fight against malaria.