Zambezi River expedition launches today

The expedition will start at Cazombo locality, Angola’s eastern Moxico province. The Angolan Government and the Programme to Combat to Malaria is heading up Angola’s medical representatives and transport. The timeline for the 2,500 kilometres (1,600 miles) journey is:

  • Zambezi source: 29 March
  • Angola: 31 March – 07 April
  • Zambia: 08 – 17, 23 – 26 April, 09 – 11 May (World Malaria Day will be commemorated in Livingstone, Zambia on April 25)
  • Namibia/Botswana: 18 – 22 April
  • Zimbabwe: 27 April – 08 May
  • Mozambique: 12 – 31 May

Visit the official Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition website for details.

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One month until World Malaria Day

buttonWorld Malaria Day on April 25 was established and approved at the 60th World Health Assembly (WHA) in March 2007. World Malaria Day replaces the Africa Malaria Day initiative which began on April 25, 2001. The campaign is headed up by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, a joint initiative that was launched in 1998 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.

Angola launches Zambezi Expedition

Angola will be the starting point for the two-month long Roll Back Malaria Zambezi Expedition, which begins on March 29. At a press conference in Luanda today, organizers announced that the expedition will depart from Cazombo, in Angola’s eastern province of Moxico. Using inflatable boats, the expedition team of medics and journalists will travel 2,500 kilometres (1,550 miles) along the Zambezi through Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Along the way, the team will distribute mosquito nets and medicine and carry out insecticide spraying. The Roll Back Malaria website says the project “will demonstrate that only a coordinated cross-border action can force the disease to recoil and turn the lifeline of southern Africa into a “River of Life” for those threatened by malaria”.

US Ambassador pledges $18 million a year to fight malaria

Amidst President George Bush’s recent five country African tour last week, Angola’s US Ambassador, Dan Mozena, announced the US is pledging $USD 18 million to fight against malaria in Angola until 2011. The funds are earmarked for health education and mosquito-net distribution.

For more info: “ Angola: U.S. Government Grants Usd 18 Million to Fight Malaria” on AllAfrica.com

Welcome

Welcome to the Angola MosquitoNet Project Blog. Malaria, a preventable and treatable disease, is the leading cause of death in Angola and all of Africa. And mosquito nets are the the first line of defense. The Angola Mosquito Net Project has raised over $90,000 since 2000 from individuals, groups and corporations in Angola and overseas. By the end of 2008, we want to reach the $100, 000 mark, which is 12, 000 family size nets. We appreciate your support!

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Demonstrating how to hang perma-nets, Bengo Province, 2007