Lalo August 2011


Post: Lalo

Date(s) of project: April-June, 2011

Brief description of Project:

Buruli ulcer disease is an endemic neglected tropical disease present in much of southern Benin. The commune of Lalo has one of the highest prevalence of cases. This project aimed to educate girls aged 12-20 on the significance of the disease, symptoms and how to get treatment. It is in collaboration with a literacy program to educate them in their local language Adja.
Peace Corps Volunteers collaborated with local language teachers to translate a WHO-approved comic book on Buruli ulcer into the local language Adja. They partnered with the NGO GRAOP (Group de Recherche et d’Appui aux Organization Paysannes) who was already working with women’s groups and apprentices in a program to promote literacy in local language. As part of the literacy program, a portion of their lessons was assigned to read the comic book and in turn learn about Buruli ulcer disease.

Number of people involved:

# of
# of Service Providers (work partners, Project co-organizers,
technicians, animators, etc.)
Women over 24
Men over 24 2 teachers
Girls 15-24 15 participants
Boys 15-24
Girls under 15 4 participants
Boys under 15


Item Number Unit Cost Total Cost
Printing of Comic Book in local language 60 350 21,000
Total 60 350 21,000

Amount Requested: 21.000

Feedback (if reimbursement): Overall impression of project? Anything you would have done differently? Advice for someone attempting a similar project?
This was an initial pilot testing of the use of the BU comic book translated into local language. The use of the book was well received by the NGO and by the girls attending the classes. A copy of the book with a short report on its use will also be provided to the Benin National Buruli Ulcer Control Program to inform them of the efforts Peace Corps Volunteers have done to educate youth on the disease.
One challenge of the use of the book was that the girls in the literacy classes were at a beginning level of the program and thus did not have a strong grasp of reading. Presenting the book to a class with a more advanced level would probably be more effective or focusing on only a small portion of the book with more time spent on group discussion and awareness making.

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