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Marathon and Partners Announce Dramatic Results of Malaria Control Project on Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea
Date:6/24/2009

HOUSTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

  • 64 percent reduction in death among children under the age of five on Bioko Island
  • 57 percent decline in the prevalence of malaria infections in children between two and five years of age on Bioko Island
  • 86 percent decline in anemia in children between two and five years of age on Bioko Island

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) announced today that the Bioko Island Malaria Control Project (BIMCP) in Equatorial Guinea has achieved measurable results dramatically reducing the risk of death in children on Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea, as reported in the scientific journal The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (AJTMH).

In 2003, Marathon and its business partners Noble Energy (NYSE: NBL), GEPetrol and SONAGAS, joined with the Government of Equatorial Guinea through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and formed a team of leading health specialists. The malaria control project was designed by Medical Care Development International (MCDI) and conducted under the sponsorship of the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. The main focus of the NMCP project is those at highest risk: children under five years of age and pregnant women.

The peer-reviewed scientific findings, as published in the June 2009 AJTMH article, "Marked Increase in Child Survival after Four Years
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