Equatorial Guinea’s Bioko Island Malaria Elimination Programme Advances to Phase 5, Aims for Nationwide Expansion
The Bioko Island Malaria Elimination Programme (PEPIB), led by MCD Global Health, has made substantial strides in its fight against malaria on Bioko Island by advancing to the fifth phase.
This comprehensive initiative employs integrated malaria control measures, provided free of charge to all residents, and receives funding from the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and a public-private partnership involving oil companies Marathon, Noble Energy (Chevron), and AMPCO.
Extending Malaria Control Strategies Nationwide
In the pursuit of an impactful phase 5 of the Project to Fight Malaria in the Insular Region, Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in partnership with the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons and Marathon, aims to fortify treatment strategies. This not only involves the Insular Region but extends its reach to the Continental Region, encompassing a broader demographic over five years of age. The goal is to ensure equal access to malaria control services, thus addressing the disease’s high incidence rate across the population.
Equity in Access to Health Services
Minister Oburu Ondo highlighted the significance of equity in accessing health services, emphasizing the importance of leaving no one behind in the pursuit of improved living conditions and well-being for the population.
Broadening Quality Healthcare Services Nationwide
Discussions during the meeting also revolved around financing for health districts. The intention is to replicate the successful model of the Baney Health District throughout the national territory. This expansion aims to enhance the availability and quality of health services for the entire population.
Remarkable Achievements of PEPIB
With almost two decades dedicated to malaria eradication, PEPIB’s accomplishments are notable. These include a 54% reduction in malaria parasite prevalence among children aged 2 to 14, a remarkable 63% reduction in all-cause mortality among children under five, a significant 97% reduction in parasite transmission by vectors, and a substantial impact on national capacity building, providing employment opportunities for more than 350 Equatorial Guineans.
Continued Collaboration and Follow-Up
The meeting concluded with a decision to reconvene. Representatives from the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, and Marathon will meet again to establish a follow-up plan for this new phase.
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