World Malaria Day 2009

Today is World Malaria Day and Angola has reason to celebrate. On Tuesday, Angola’s National Malaria Control Programme (PNCM) announced that “the death rate has been decreasing for the past two years due to the epidemiological coverage being implemented nationwide”. In 2008, there were about three million simple cases and 200,000 of serious cases with 9,000 deaths were registered in Angola. Read the story on AllAfrica.com.

To mark World Malaria Day in Angola, the inaugeration of the country’s first health research centre took place this afternoon in Caxito (a city north of Luanda). Researchers at the centre will study diseases including malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AID. The research centre was created as an initiative between the governments of Angola, Portugual and the Colouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Read ANGOP’s full article.

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Nets donated to the Mobile Clinic

Happy to be receiving a mosquito net.

Happy to be receiving a mosquito net. Mobile Clinic Volunteer Viveca Chan, a nurse and their young patient.

The Angola Mosquitonet Project donated 700 nets in January to the Mobile Clinic, a small team of women who work with some of the 350 patients at the Tuberculosis Hospital in Luanda. Headed up by Bernie Nicholson, a registered nurse who formed the group six years ago, the women get donations to buy food and medicine and other necessities such as drinking water for some of the patients there whose families cannot afford to support them.

All tucked in and protected from mosquitoes.

All tucked in and protected from mosquitoes.

The patients that the team works with, each receive a mosquito net which they take home with them upon discharge. Viveca Chan, who has been working with tuberculosis patients in the hospital for four years, says, “Thank you, we have been able to give out more mosquito nets recently. The problem is just how to use them. It is high to the ceiling and not possible to attach them there. Mostly they try and get sticks to extend the posts of the bed. But many of the patients are too weak to walk, and many have no family to help either. “

Mounting a net on a hospital bed is a challenge.  Without leave to drill holes in walls or the ceiling, sticks are tied to bed posts and the net is tied to the sticks.

Mounting a net on a hospital bed is a challenge. Without leave to drill holes in walls or the ceiling, sticks are tied to bed posts and the net is tied to the sticks.

The Mosquitonet Project is happy to support the Mobile Clinic and thanks them for helping TB patients.

New findings about malaria in Luanda

Read some recently published information about malaria in urban Luanda:

  • Download a PDF of the five page report published in March 2009 in The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene journal, titled: “How Much Malaria Occurs in Urban Luanda, Angola? A Health Facility-Based Assessment”
  • Download a PDF  of the ‘Health facility-based evaluation of malaria in Luanda, Angola March 17-31, 2008′ poster

Thank you to USAID in Angola’s malaria experts Dr. Mihigo and Dr. Saute for providing the Angola MosquitoNet Project with this material .