As part of its fight against malaria worldwide, the United States government has supported Angola with more than US$360M, which has been used to purchase and distribute more than 4.5 million long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets, as well as purchasing and distributing about 24 million rapid malaria tests.
The support was also aimed at the purchase of more than 34 million doses of anti-malarial drugs and 4 million doses of preventive medicines for pregnant women for the benefit of Angolan families, according to a note from the US embassy in Angola.
The document says that the initiative of the President of the USA to fight against Malaria, (the biggest contributor of financial resources in the fight against malaria in Angola), has been working in close partnership with the Angolan government and people in the prevention and malaria control measures reflected in the halving of malaria deaths since 2006.
With assistance from the US, it has also been possible to protect about 6 million families through residual spraying at home and facilitated the improvement and technical training of approximately 63,000 health professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of malaria and in the prevention of malaria during pregnancy.
“The United States remains committed to the fight against malaria and will continue to work with the Government of Angola to increase access to prevention and treatment services for a healthier population that can contribute to the economic development of their country,” said the ambassador from the United States of America in Angola, Nina Maria Fite.
The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) supports 24 partner countries in the sub-Saharan Africa region and 3 programs in the Greater Mekong region in Southeast Asia, aimed at controlling and eliminating malaria.
Led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), it is implemented in conjunction with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the initiative invests in economically viable and science-based interventions against malaria that have been proven to save lives.