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

of Intensive Malaria Control," include the following:

  • The death rate from any cause was reduced by 64 percent for children under the age of five on Bioko Island. By interviewing a statistically-valid random sample of nearly 2,400 Bioko Island households, the BIMCP found the under-age-five death rate for the four years before the project started to be 152 per 1,000 births. The death rate for the four-year period from March 2004 to February 2008 fell to 55 per 1,000 births.
  • The prevalence of malaria infections and anemia in children between two and five years of age declined 57 percent and 86 percent respectively. Each year from 2004 through 2008, a random cross-section of families agreed to having their children's blood tested for the presence of malaria parasites and for anemia, a very frequent result of malaria. The results provide impressive direct evidence of the project's success.
  • Fevers declined in children between two and five years of age by 56 percent. During the same household visits, mothers consented to answer questions related to the family's health. The reduction in reported fevers - the most common symptom of malaria - also indicates a major reduction in malaria among Bioko Island's children.
  • High rates of indoor spraying and bed net use were achieved. About 80 percent of households on Bioko Island received indoor residual spraying twice per year, from 2004 through 2008, and 75 percent of households also used insecticide-treated bed nets by 2008. More than 80 percent of children under age five received at least one of the two protective measures throughout the study period.

"We are extremely pleased that the results of the BIMCP have been so profound - rising above and beyond the goals set by the U.N., and standing as a model initiative with potent
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