3700 nets donated in September

Following is the press release from the September 14, 2010 delivery of 3700 mosquito nets to Angolan humanitarian organizations:

The Angola Mosquito Nets Project has been operational since 2000 and has raised approximately $175,000 from individual donors in Angola and overseas and from Angola-based oil companies and oil service companies.  The funds are used to buy mosquito nets and donate them to responsible aid/humanitarian organizations in Angola who then distribute them to Angolans in areas, mainly in the provinces, where there is a great need for mosquito nets.  To date, we have purchased and distributed about 25,000 nets from the funds raised.

This project is operated by volunteers, both expatriate and Angolan, and there are no administration or overhead costs involved.  We buy high quality, insecticide impregnated mosquito nets from a supplier in Luanda (CICCI Angola) at $7.50 per net.  Since we have no administration or overhead costs, all funds raised are dedicated to buying nets.  For example, if we received a donation of $750, we buy 100 nets with it and the donor is assured that the nets will be distributed to Angolans needing nets.

On Thursday, September 16 (10:00 AM) we will be donating 3700 nets to Save the Children, Development Workshop, Luanda TB Hospital, Benguela orphanage and various church organizations including the Baptist Mission.  The location is the CICCI office, Rua Fernado Mendes Pinto 38-40, Alvalade, Luanda.

Organizations which donated funds for these nets in the September 16 handover include Chevron, Tullow Oil, Statoil, Fugro, the Viking Club of Luanda, the International School of Luanda, families in Ireland, Norway and Canada and churches in the United Kingdom and Luanda.  In previous years, this project has also donated nets to organizations including Oxfam, UNICEF, Norwegian Refugee Council, Medair, Concern and church organizations.

Net recipients: Save the Children, Development Workshop, Luanda TB Hospital, Luanda Pediatric Hospital, PEPE Program (Preschool Education Program), Baptist Mission, Catete Catholic Mission, ProMica (Women Helping Women), Benguela Orphanage, Moxico Childrens Centre, Boys Home Huambo, Sergio Simao Alfabitazao (Literacy Program)

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Angola Mosquito Net Project reaches the province of Bie

Teachers in rural areas and women participating in a micro credit program were the happy recipients of mosquitonets donated by our project to the international NGO, Concern Worldwide, which is working in the province of Bie. Approximately 500 teachers and administrative staff received nets and about 200 women who depend on their small vegetable farms to bring in an income, received free nets to help protect their families from malaria.

The teachers are part of a distant education programme and once a month all teachers come together for training. At their October workshop organized by Concern’s Education Officer, the teachers learned about malaria and what steps they must take to prevent it. Since nets are the first line of defence against malaria, they were excited to each receive their own family size net. They learned how easy it is to hang a net during the demonstration given at the workshop.

The Education Officer carried out a health survey with the people who were going to receive the donated mosquito nets and this is what he discovered:
1. The teachers have limited knowledge on what causes malaria, how to prevent it and how to use mosquito nets
2. The only anti-malaria campaign in these municipalities is the Government’s programme, which mainly targets pregnant women and children under the age of 5
3. The majority of families don’t use mosquito nets
4. The distance to the medical clinics are huge and many persons do not have access to basic services. In Cachingues where Concern has a big presence, some villagers have to walk more than 50 kilometres to reach the nearest health post. Additionally, all secondary roads have not yet been cleared for mines. Bie is one of the provinces that was the most heavily mined during the war. Halo Trust has recently started to clear one of the secondary roads. They found 8 mines during the preliminary test search
5. There is limited access to mosquito nets in rural areas

During the training session, several additional items were discussed such as using traditional herbal medicine for prevention and treatment and how to diagnose malaria.

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US doubles financial aid in 2010 to fight malaria

The the United States ambassador to Angola, Dan Mozena, announced earlier this month that United States assistance to Angola in 2010 has increased from US$ 18 million to US$ 32 million per year for the fight against malaria. It’s estimated that there are over three million cases of malaria each year in Angola, which has a population of just 17 million. Read more at http://www.afriquejet.com/news/africa-news/united-states-double-financial-aid-to-fight-endemic-diseases-in-angola-2010050648877.html

Malaria prevention program luanches in Bengo

As part of the Angola National Malaria Control Program’s effort to scale-up malaria prevention and treatment services, members of the Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa (CAMA), thePresident’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the Government of Angola, USAID’s implementing partner Research Triangle Institute International (RTI) and the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria kicked off a series of training workshops in Bengo yesterday. Participants are being trained in techniques for using a variety of malaria intervention products, such as long-lasting, insecticide-treated malaria nets and indoor residual sprays.

Other partners in the effort include the World Health Organization African Regional Office. Lead corporate sponsorship is by the Chevron Corporation, with additional private sector support from Halliburton, Bayer, Sumitomo Chemical, Cameron International and Vestergaard Frandsen. According to EarthNet:

At present the country is implementing a nation wide program for larval control- including all the cities in the country. This program is integrated with a massive distribution program of insecticide treated nets and localized indoor and outdoor spraying in a selective and sustainable manner, making these valuable actions in the fight against malaria in Angola. With this training, the National Malaria Control Program will create institutional capacity for vector control at the local level and create conditions for Angola to develop a pilot project in Africa for Integrated control of vector borne diseases. (Nilton Saraiva, Angola National Malaria Control Program)

Africa Cup football teams join to fight malaria

The United Against Malaria Partnership (UAM) has launched a major media campaign to fight malaria during the 27th edition of the African Nations Cup in Angola, which kicked off on January 10. The campaign includes a series of television spots featuring African football stars and United Against Malaria youth ambassador Charles Ssali. The spots are airing during broadcasts of the Cup which runs until  January 31 in the cities of Luanda, Lubango, Cabinda and Benguela.

A spokesman for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Herve Verhoosel, told media “We will use the power of football to communicate on malaria prevention. When a player speaks on TV or on the radio or in the press, when the player says to the young children, ‘Sleep under a bed net,’ people are listening.”

According to VOANEWS, “Angola’s national football association this week joined similar associations from Ivory Coast, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia and the United States in the anti-malaria group. Other members include the national teams of Mali and Tanzania and European Champions Barcelona of Spain.”

The partnership, which is supported by international donors and corporate sponsors including ExxonMobil and Sumitomo Chemical, will extend the media campaign to the football World Cup which kicks off in June in South Africa.

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.

Why the grim malaria stats for children?

Doctor diagnosing a child with malaria in Cunene province, Angola.

Doctor diagnosing a child with malaria in Cunene province, Angola.

We know mosquito nets are important for young children because they are more vulnerable to malaria, but why? According to the Angola Malaria Indicator Survey*, for about six months following birth, antibodies acquired from the mother during pregnancy protect children born in areas of endemic malaria. This immunity is gradually lost, and children start to develop their own immunity to malaria. The pace at which immunity is developed depends on their exposure to malaria infection. In areas where malaria is endemic and transmission is intense, children are thought to achieve a high level of immunity by their fifth birthday. Before then, young children may experience repeated episodes of malaria, some of them life-threatening such as cerebral malaria. This contributes to high childhood mortality rates in a number of countries. In areas of low malaria transmission, immunity is acquired more slowly.
In 2004 Angola reported 3.2 million cases of malaria, two-thirds of them in children under 5 years of age. It is estimated that malaria accounts for 35% of overall mortality in children under five and 60% of hospital admissions of children under five.

*The 2006-07 Angola Malaria Indicator Survey (AMIS) is the first survey in Angola to collect nationally representative data on malaria-specific indicators.

For more information about malaria and the Angola Mosquito Net Project, click here to download our latest update.