Strong partnerships with public health, education and community development experts are critical in the fight against malaria. With support from ExxonMobil and the Benguela Provincial Malaria Control Program, the Benguela Consortium — a collaborative effort between Humana People to People, the International Health Organization and the Circle Rastafarian of Benguela — has helped reduce reported malaria cases and malaria-related deaths in Benguela, a province in western Angola.
The consortium provides families and municipal health posts with mosquito nets, organizes community cleanup campaigns in mosquito breeding areas, and trains teachers and students in prevention and treatment methods. Consortium representatives also host community awareness rallies aimed at educating local citizens on effective prevention techniques.
Between 2009 and 2011, the consortium reached more than 178,000 individuals in the province, and the results have been significant. This team effort helped decrease reported malaria cases in Benguela by more than 44 percent between 2009 and 2011. The number of malaria-related deaths decreased by approximately 80 percent during the same time period.