Government Malaria specialists meeting in Durban The Minister of Health, together with the heads of the various departments of the ministry and the institutions collaborating in the fight against the disease in Equatorial Guinea, attended the Sixth Pan-African Malaria Conference, held in Durban (South Africa).

18/10/2013

The Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Diosdado Vicente Nsue Milang, attended the Sixth Pan-African Malaria Conference, held in Durban, between October 6 and 10.

The Minister attended this international meeting accompanied by other officials of the ministry: the Secretary of State for Public Health and Health Planning, Praxedes Rabat Makambo, the Director General of Public Health and Health Planning, Dr. Camilo Ela Ela Obono, and the Director of the National Program for Malaria Control (PNLP), Dr. Matilde Rilhoa Rivas.

The Ministry of Health also had the presence and cooperation of members of the project Medical Care Development International (MCDI) to combat the disease on the island of Bioko and of the company Marathon Oil.

The delegation made ​​several presentations to explain to the international audience the achievements in malaria control in Equatorial Guinea during the last ten years, a struggle that has reduced the prevalence of malaria on the island up to 13% of parasitemia, and also reduce mortality associated with infection in pregnant women and children under five years of age.

The presentation of the ministry recognized the difficulties related to malaria control in the Continental Region, and some of its reasons, such as the permeability of Equatorial Guinean borders and migration flows, both national and international.

However, they stressed the firm commitment of the Government of the Republic to continue supporting the program on the mainland, with funding that will exceed 1.68 billion CFA francs for 2014. These funds will go primarily to the acquisition of treated mosquito nets, antimalarial drugs, long-lasting insecticide, human resources training, epidemiological surveillance and, in general, the strengthening of the strategic plan to combat the disease in the next five years.

They also highlighted the human, logistical, and especially, financial support of the Government of the Republic, as well as the research carried out by the laboratory Sanaria of the United States and the public health institute Ifakara, in Tanzania, to obtain a malaria vaccine in the next five years. President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has supported this important plan with the donation of one million U.S. dollars, to continue with the research.

We must also note the presence of four Equatorial Guinean technicians from the Ministry of Health, who are involved in the research process, and currently still training with patients in Tanzania.

Source: Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (Department of Public Health and Health Planning).
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office.

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