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Private Sector, President's Malaria Initiative Join Forces to Strengthen Angolas Capacity to Control Mosquitoes
Date:2/14/2010

Training program for Angola's front-line malaria efforts sponsored by Chevron, Corporate Alliance on Malaria in Africa

Luanda, Angola (PRWEB) February 15, 2010 -- Top global companies and the President’s Malaria Initiative are working with the Government of Angola on an intensive technical training program to arm the country’s malaria fighters with state-of-the-art mosquito surveillance and vector control techniques.

By aiding the sharing of these comprehensive technical skills and best practices in mosquito monitoring and evaluation, as well as providing training on how to use the latest malaria control products, the private sector will help Angola, which reported more than 3.1 million cases of malaria in 2009, move more quickly toward reducing the disease’s deadly impact.

Public and private sector health technicians from the provincial and district level will acquire basic capabilities and skills that are needed to determine the impact of malaria control efforts around the country, a gap which hampers decision-making on resource deployment at the national level.

When completed, the technicians will be able to monitor and evaluate mosquitoes, before sending them to senior scientists for further entomological analysis. The senior entomologists and malaria program officers will be empowered with critical information to ensure the success of sustainable malaria control programs and the ability to deploy limited resources more effectively and efficiently.

Company representatives also will train the participants in techniques for using a variety of state-of-the-art malaria intervention products, such as long-lasting, insecticide-treated malaria nets and indoor residual sprays.

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