Health Justice for Peace Corps Volunteers in partnership with the National Peace Corps Association has sponsored today as a time to focus on Health Justice for all Volunteers, serving and returned. The announcement on Peace Corps Connect, gives an overview of various activities and lists the opportunities for PCVs and RPCVs to participate and advocate, as well as contribute their own stories about Peace Corps and medical services. Read the announcement from Peace Corps Connect:
Additionally, Sara T. Thompson is a RPCV who has a legal suit pending against Peace Corps in regard to the use of mefloquine, the anti-malaria drug that has been used by Peace Corps since 1991. She is collecting documentation from RPCVs and PCVs who have had trouble with mefloquine. For further information, please contact Sara, directly. It is necessary to copy and paste her email address in your email form.The email links may not be activated on this page. Here is the email that Sara is circulating:
From: Sara T Thompson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 3:32 PM
Subject: Gentle Reminder: PC use of mefloquine and requesting affidavits
I just wanted to write a quick reminder that I am still collecting affidavits from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who would like to participate in the litigation against Peace Corps under the Whistleblower Protection Act regarding PC’s use of mefloquine. I really think that collectively we could make a difference and hold Peace Corps accountable regarding the risks to health and safety that current PCVs are exposed to as Peace Corps still uses mefloquine.
As I have talked to more RPCVs about their experiences with mefloquine, there have been too many deaths and suicides of PCVs and RPCVs surrounding mfloquine. If we could possibly save the life of a current PCV from having to be exposed to mefloquine, this would be a tremendous victory.
Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or would like additional information. I am happy to help. I am again attaching reference sheets to aid with the format and wording for the affidavit. Also, please don’t hesitate to forward this e-mail to others you think might be interested.