USAID SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL DIRECTOR PLEASED WITH ANGOLA’S ACTIONS ON MALARIA

SOYO, ANGOLA– The regional director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for southern Africa, John Groarke, says he is satisfied with the actions developed by the Angolan health authorities and partners in the fight against malaria in the country.

Speaking to journalists here Wednesday at the end of a 24-hour working visit to Soyo in Zaire Province, where he noted the actions taken by USAID in this area, Groarke added that the US government made available 22 million US dollars available this year to fight against malaria in Angola.

He highlighted the way in which the Angolan health authorities and partners had been engaged in combating the disease in the country, through concrete actions aimed at the free distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets, education campaigns and public awareness campaigns, as well as the prophylactic treatment of groups.

He said the results of fighting malaria in Angola are encouraging, but much still needs to be done to combat this disease which has claimed many human lives, especially among children under five years of age.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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