Volunteers in northern Senegal promote the business of water and sanitation hygiene

From April 20–30, PCVs David Lederer, Kyle Shrivastava, and Melissa Hallisey traveled to five different volunteer sites in the North of Senegal to host day-long Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) trainings. Targeting women’s groups and community health workers, the trainings focused on WASH behavior change. With the help of hosting volunteers, Lederer, Shrivastava, and Hallisey …

Kolda PCVs throw a malaria “block party”

The words “malaria” and “party” are not often found in the same sentence, but as Peace Corps Africa’s Malaria Month draws to a close, PCVs in the Kolda region went out with a bang by hosting a neighborhood malaria block party outside the regional house in the city of Kolda.  Health PCV Randi Rumbold organized …

Searching for synergy in Kédougou: PCVs promote their cultural and professional prowess at a local partners meeting

On April 16, 19 PCVs in the Kédougou region hosted a meeting of government officials, NGO representatives, and Peace Corps Senegal staff. The impressive guest list included representatives from ADEMAS, Africare, Caritas, Catholic Relief Services, La Lumière, World Vision, USAID, the Kédougou Chambre de Commerce and Chambre de Métiers, Yakaar Africa, Yaajende, Eaux et Forets, …

It’s all about behavior: agriculture PCVs in Kolda are teaching earthworks in a new way

Designing for Behavior Change (DBC) is a hot topic, especially in the health sector, where case studies abound. However, despite the obvious benefits of the approach, relatively few examples exist in agriculture.  Following the January Behavior Change Summit, where volunteers and their counterparts received intensive training on DBC, four sustainable agriculture PCVs in the Kolda …

Promoting community health over the radio: Peace Corps and ADEMAS start Healthy Listening Groups

In pre-TV America, radio was the primary source of entertainment.  But today in Senegal, radio is becoming a tool to spread standardized community health messages that promote behavior change. The Agency for Development and Social Marketing (ADEMAS), and Peace Corps Volunteer Leader Christopher Uller have taken to the road to promote Healthy Listening Groups, which …

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