Wednesday, 1 May 2013

MALARIA: Peace Corps recognized

From:William Brieger

Date:Tue, Apr 30, 2013 7:51 am

Peace Corps Volunteers Extend  Efforts to Villages and Towns Across Africa
The Peace Corps Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative was launched in partnership with the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), a multi-agency program led by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The effort combines the grassroots focus of Peace Corps volunteers in villages and towns in 23 African nations, with promotion of the inexpensive, but effective, tools of malaria control: insecticide-treated bed nets, rapid diagnostic tests, and malaria medicines made with artemisinin, a plant extract long used in Chinese herbal medicine to cure children or adults with the disease.
The global malaria fight is succeeding. Deaths have decreased by a third, from a million per year, over the past decade. Across Africa, Peace Corps volunteers, in alliance with PMI advisors and in-country USAID health teams, national malaria control programs, and nonprofit partners, are working to defeat the illness that experts say has killed more people than any other in human history..............

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