Peace Corps has a rich history in Guinea. The first Volunteers arrived in Guinea in 1963 and they have been working in the Health sector since 1990. Your work as a Public Health Educator will empower health care workers, individuals and communities to reduce maternal, neonatal, and child morbidity and mortality.
Public Health Educators are assigned to communities in or near rural health centers. As a Volunteer, you will form strong collaborative partnerships with community members to provide training on preventative maternal and child health through home visits, the development of health care workers, and the promotion of the use of health facilities.
The Public Health program focuses on the following areas:
1) Improved maternal, neonatal and child health care. This includes training on healthy behaviors during pregnancy, essential newborn care, and family planning and/or birth planning. Volunteers conduct regular home visits to households with pregnant women and mothers with children under the age of two.
2) Improved infant and child nutrition. Volunteers conduct training on breastfeeding and complementary feeding and hygiene. They also provide counseling to mothers and caregivers on essential nutrition actions.
3) Prevention of child mortality through early intervention and treatment of common childhood illnesses and other infectious diseases. Volunteers provide training on recognizing the signs and symptoms of preventable communicable diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrhea, and pneumonia, as well as promoting timely vaccinations for infants.
4) Building the capacity of health service providers in your community. Volunteers mobilize community members to support mother and child health and nutrition.
Peace Corps Guinea promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. You will receive training on gender challenges in your country and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During your service, you will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency. As part of the initiative, you will also report on these efforts and their impact.
Volunteers will also have the opportunity to pursue secondary projects, based on the needs and resources available in their local community. Cross-sector collaboration with Agroforestry and Education Volunteers is encouraged.
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
Familiarity with health work, particularly maternal and child health
• Experience working in any public health endeavor such as HIV/AIDS outreach, sex education, contraception, and family planning, counseling, youth outreach
• Desire to work at the community/rural level to meet the communities’ health needs
• Demonstrated leadership experience or experience in community organizing
• French language proficiency or strong willingness to learn French
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