Proyecto contra la Malaria

The Government of Equatorial Guinea has approved the continuity of the project against Malaria for the next 5 years. This decision was made during a meeting led by the Vice President of the Republic, in which representatives of the Health and Social Welfare, Mines and Hydrocarbons sectors participated, along with members of the partnership formed by Medical Care Development, SWISS STPH and Marathon Oil.

At the meeting held on Thursday, February 22, the results obtained during the last years of implementation of the program on the island of Bioko by health experts and project technicians were presented.

Guillermo García, general director of the malaria project, provided details about the achievements and challenges faced during this period. It was highlighted that, despite the resurgence of malaria at the continental level between 2015 and 2022, Equatorial Guinea has managed to significantly reduce cases of malaria and severe anemia, positioning itself as one of the African countries with the greatest decreases in these diseases.

The data reveals that while the entire region experiences high malaria transmission, Bioko Island has considerably lower rates due to strategies implemented, such as sprayed house mapping. Initially, the prevalence of malaria was 50%, but it has decreased to 10% thanks to these interventions.

Project against Malaria: a necessary initiative

The reactivation of the project against Malaria implies resuming essential activities such as testing, clinical management, distribution of mosquito nets and entomological surveillance, among others. Vice President Nguema Obiang Mangue expressed the importance of research in the eradication of malaria and reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to continue investing in this project.

Regarding Malaria vaccines, the options available on the market were discussed. It was highlighted that the monoclonal antibody vaccine is the most suitable for the environment of Bioko Island. The Vice President expressed his interest in the possible side effects and the time necessary to produce it with guarantees of safety.

Currently, the country and its international partners are jointly financing the project, with a contribution of 65% and 35% respectively. Organizations such as Rollback Malaria, Imperial College and the WHO have praised the achievements made and the strategies implemented by the Government to ensure public health.

The Vice President, satisfied with the results presented, urged the Ministry of Health to develop a comprehensive action plan for the project against Malaria, covering both the island and the continent, for the next 5 years.

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