Peace Corps The Gambia’s health project seeks to improve the health status and quality of life of Gambian communities, particularly of women and children, by promoting positive health-related practices using behavior change principles.
Volunteers work towards this goal by:
• Educating community members on behaviors and best practices that promote maternal, neonatal and children’s health;
• Teaching community members appropriate infant and young child feeding practices, including the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life;
• Raising awareness for the prevention of malaria, including promoting the use of insecticide-treated bed nets;
• Promoting positive personal hygiene, including the construction and use of ‘Tippy Taps’ for proper hand washing with soap;
• Promoting Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH), including the improvement or construction of community water and sanitation systems
Peace Corps/The Gambia promotes gender awareness and girls education and empowerment. Volunteers will receive training on gender challenges in country and will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During service, Volunteers will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency.
As part of their work, Volunteers will monitor and report on their efforts and impact.
Peace Corps enjoys a long and positive history with The Gambia. The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in 1967, and since then over 1,800 Volunteers have worked with Gambian men and women to make a lasting impact on their communities.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
Strong knowledge of a range of community health issues
Strong resiliency skills (i.e. some life experience showing ability to achieve in difficult circumstances)
Experience teaching life-skills and behavior change
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