Ivanhoe Mines leads effort to fight malaria in Congo

Ivanhoe Mines Executive Chairman Robert Friedland and Edem Adzogenu, an Ivanhoe vice president and chief health officer, are pleased to announce the launch today of a new, advanced health care initiative in the ongoing campaign against malaria in Congo.

The first phase of the program that will help reduce Malaria in Congo was launched yesterday and will cover two established health zones with a population of 300,000.

The Kipushi Health Zone, in southern Haut-Katanga province, includes Ivanhoe's Kipushi Mine project. The Kanzenze Health Zone, in Lualaba province, includes Ivanhoe's Kamoa copper discovery and mine development project.

"Prompt capture of dependable data from screening tests conducted on patients is an essential step to help ensure that accurate and consistent diagnoses are made, which in turn will help to build a secure foundation for the future development and delivery of large-scale, effective prevention and treatment activities that can benefit people of all ages," Friedland said.

The Fionet system, developed by Canada-based Fio Corp., will be introduced into Congo through the three-year program being sponsored by Ivanhoe Mines. Using a train-the-trainer model, the program will empower trainers from the Ministry of Health to build capacity among workers at established health centers.