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

ially great impact for global health," said Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., Marathon president and CEO. "When Marathon began business operations in Equatorial Guinea, we quickly identified malaria as a key issue facing both employees and the local communities on Bioko Island. It was clear that a dramatic reduction in malaria transmission on Bioko Island would significantly reduce both the healthcare and economic burden of this disease and make a significant difference to the lives of Equatoguineans. The collective achievements of this ground-breaking public-private partnership have been made possible by the outstanding leadership of the Government of Equatorial Guinea and a shared vision of creating a brighter future for all Equatoguineans."

In addition to lead public health experts from MCDI and officials from the Government of Equatorial Guinea Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the other health specialists who participate in BIMCP represent One World Development Group, the Medical Research Council of South Africa, the Harvard School of Public Health, Yale University, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Texas A&M University, and local and Spanish chapters of the Red Cross.

Malaria kills more than 1 million people every year. Ninety percent of these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and almost all are children under the age of five. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals call for a two-thirds reduction in mortality among children under five years of age by 2015.

"Equatorial Guinea is proud to have created an exemplary partnership and a malaria intervention model for the whole of Sub-Saharan Africa," said His Excellency Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, Minister of Health and Social Welfare of Equatorial Guinea. "This initiative is an integral part of our national strategy to fight malaria, and is saving the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities, especially you
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