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Angola Celebrates World Malaria Day

On April 29, 2013 USAID /Angola, in collaboration with Esso Angola, organized a ceremony to celebrate the Public-Private Partnership to combat malaria. The partnership includes Esso Angola through the ExxonMobil Foundation, USAID, through the President's Malaria initiative (PMI), and the Ministry of Health, through the National Program for Malaria Control in Angola. The event was organized to commemorate World Malaria Day, which is April 25 every year. The ceremony was marked by the delivery of a $1.8 million symbolic check to the Ministry of Health, on behalf of the ExxonMobil Foundation. It will support the Malaria Forum, a group of local non-governmental organizations that work to combat malaria in Angola. The event included the participation of the USAID Mission Director, Teresa McGhie, and US Ambassador Christopher McMullen.

The Minister of Health thanked the ExxonMobil foundation for the contribution, and more broadly thanked all domestic and foreign partners who have contributed in the efforts of the Government of Angola in the fight against malaria, the disease that is responsible for the highest rate of maternal and infant mortality in the country. The Minister also declared that this situation is improving due the work that has been done in prevention and education of communities about basic healthcare.

USAID supports projects aimed at malaria prevention, including training of health workers, acquisition and distribution of anti-malarial drugs (Coartem), rapid diagnostic test kits, and long lasting insecticide-treated bed nets. Projects also include indoor residual spraying campaigns and supporting the community awareness campaigns.

USAID, through the PMI program, has invested more than $131 million supporting the National Program to Control Malaria, resulting in significant decreases in mortality. The partnership has programs active in 12 provinces, including Luanda, Cunene, Benguela, Bie, Huila, Huambo, Kwanza Norte and Sul, Malange, Uige and Zaire.

Last updated: October 01, 2013

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