Equatorial Guinea makes strides in malaria fight

The prevalence of malaria in children in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea has decreased by 57 percent in the last four years, according to a study by Roll Back Malaria.

The same study shows that, during the same period, the number of children protected from mosquitoes by bed netting or the indoor spraying of insecticide has increased from four percent to 97 percent and there has been a reduction in infant mortality by one-third.

The research was conducted on the island of Bioko with funds from the government of Equatorial Guinea and a private consortium led by the Marathon Oil Corporation.

More than half the population of Equatorial Guinea lives on the island of Bioko, where the anti-malaria project is currently focused. In an effort to improve public health in the West African nation, the government, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, has supported the project’s extension through 2013.

It is hoped that the extension will develop local capacity and enable the campaign to reach the mainland.

The malaria Control Project is a part of the government-wide effort to meet the goals of the Horizon 2020 plan set by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. The government recently donated $1.5 million and a new headquarters facility to the World Health Organization.