Kendra Smith, Uganda Bites Back: Malaria Village Health Team Outreach
Kendra Smith is a Peace Corps Health Volunteer in a rural village in Kiruhura District in Southwestern Uganda. Her project, Uganda Bites Back, consists of two-day malaria workshops for Village Health Teams (VHTs), which are local volunteers that assist with distributing health education, skills and assessments to community members. One of the main goals of the project is to train the VHT Coordinators on malaria education and prevention, specifically mosquito net repair, care and maintenance. The other goal is to increase the knowledge and skills of community members on malaria education and prevention, and to encourage change among villagers who use their nets for alternative purposes.
Kendra started this project because she is passionate about the fight against malaria. Earlier this year, she created a survey on mosquito net usage and learned the deep need for mosquito nets and education. “I know behavior change is one of the hardest parts of a society to effect, but a difference cannot be made if nothing is ever tried.” says Kendra.
The Pollination Project is proud to support Kendra’s efforts with a grant that will go towards supplies for the trainings and materials for net repair.
To learn more about Kendra and her project, check out her blog.
GRANT AWARD DATE: JANUARY 28, 2014