Angola Mosquito Net Project featured in Vida magazine

The Angola Mosquito Net Project’s Committe Chairman Tako Koning was interviewed by Angola’s Vida mgazine, as part of their coverage of World Malaria Day on April 25. Click to download a PDF of the article, published on April 21. Vida is Angola’s popular arts, culture and business magazine that is printed weekly in Luanda. In the article, Tako discusses the project’s history, donors and partners, and highlights some of the Project’s net recipients, such as the Mobile Clinic outside of Luanda and the clinic in M’Banza Congo, Zaire province.

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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.

World Malaria Day

Today is World Malaria Day 2008. To mark the event in Angola, health officials and UN officials are in Luena City, in eastern Moxico Province, to “inaugurate a fair of products and medicines to fight malaria, as well as launch the campaign of insecticide spraying inside houses in the Sacassange village (14 kilometres south of Luena City)”, according to the Angola Press Agency. Read more here: http://allafrica.com/stories/200804250390.html

Today, Angola’s Health Minister also announced the government’s plans to reduce the malaria mortality rate from 30,000 (recorded in 2003) to less than 8,000 this year. 2000 deaths caused by malaria have been recorded this year. The Minister said mortality rates have dropped in 2008 and pointed to malaria prevention awareness campaigns using mosquito nets as contributing to the decline. Read more here: http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5gBlSHk58CxMNZpwbODJeaxfhhj9Q .

The Roll Back Malaria consortium organized the Zambezi Expedition to highlight the World Malaria Day’s year long slogan: ‘Malaria- a disease without borders’. We’ve been following its progress- particularly as the expedition launched from Angola’s Moxico province three weeks ago. Today the expedition arrived in Livingstone, Zambia. The expedition is the first stage in the RBM calls a regional malaria control initiative – the “Trans-Zambezi project”. The RBM says the project will boost health, tourism and economic development in the Trans-Zambezi region. More here: http://www.zambezi-expedition.org/

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.

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”.