29 April 2013

Angola: Minister Hails U.S.$ 1.8-Million Donation to Malaria Fighting Programme

Luanda — The minister of Health, José Van-Dunem, said on Monday in Luanda that the USD 1.8-million donation made to the National Malaria Fighting Programme aimed to increase the capacity of the Angolan NGOs to implement the referred programme so as to control disease in the country.

Speaking at the handing over symbolic ceremony of the cheque, the official said that the success of this programme will impact on three key elements of the millennium development goal in regard to health, reduction of endemic diseases, malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.

He explained that the policy of combating malaria and poverty is part of the fundamental strategy of the Angolan government and it serves as an evaluation, because the reduction of child mortality, malaria and maternal mortality is a priority of this governance.

José Van-Dunem said that this programme also has another responsibility that aims at treating and caring water and self-education, being a social responsibility that spends a lot of the work of the organizations.

On his turn, the US ambassador to Angola, Christopher McMullen, expressed his satisfaction at participating in the act, as the U.S., as major partners of the Angolan government, remains open to sustainably support the National Malaria Fighting Programme, through the Presidential Malaria Initiative.

Valued at USD 1.810 million, the donation symbolises support to fighting against malaria in Angola, through Exxnombil, aiming to combat malaria.

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