Malaria Prevention Bike Tour Reaches 18 Villages in Kolda

By Kim Boland
Jan. 21, 2015

In October and November 2014, the Kolda region conducted a bed net care, repair, and transformation tour.  Health Peace Corps Volunteers Kimberly and Courtney biked to fellow volunteers' sites throughout the region, covering a whopping 200 km, and spent the mornings washing dirty nets, sewing holes, and transforming square nets into circular ones. In the afternoon, community members would put on a malaria related theater skit or attend a malaria awareness talk given by a community health worker.  Across the 18 villages where the program was implemented, 157 nets were sewn, 175 nets were transformed, 468 nets were washed, and 955 people attended malaria sessions!

Read more about this project on Stomping Out Malaria in Africa's Web site.


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A local woman washing bed nets with the "help" of her little boy.
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Health Peace Corps Volunteer Courtney helps a community member repair a torn net.
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Health Peace Corps Volunteers Lexi and Kim help a community member convert a square net into a circular one for easier hanging.
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Health Peace Corps Volunteer Kim poses with a community member and his successfully transformed circle net.
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Sustainable Agriculture Peace Corps Volunteers Amanda surveys her village's washed nets.
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Health Peace Corps Volunteers Lexi and Courtney stay cheerful as they tote supplies all over Kolda.
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A local health worker teaches malaria prevention to a huge crowd.
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Nobody likes needles! Some tears were shed as this little girl was tested for malaria using a rapid test kit.
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Sustainable Agriculture Peace Corps Volunteer Gwen helps break down age and gender barriers by showing this little boy how to repair his own net.

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