the principal cause of morbidity and mortality in the country especially among children under 5 years of age and pregnant women. Yet despite its shocking prevalence, there is a simple and effective way to begin to control the disease from spreading: sleep under a mosquito net.
spent more than $63 million on fighting malaria in Angola, including the distribution of three million nets.
The results so far have been positive. A 2006 survey showed that usage of insecticide-treated nets in Angola increased from less than 2% in 2001 to over 18% in 2006.
As the number of nets distributed goes up, so the number of cases malaria and deaths related to the disease is going down. According to Filomeno Fortes, the national coordinator for the Angolan government's anti-malaria campaign, there were 3.1 million cases of malaria in the country in 2009, down from more than 3.4 million in 2008. Deaths are also down from 25,000 in 2003 to just over 7,000 in the last 12 months.
(excerpted from Sonangol Universo Magazine, June 2010 edition, Nina Hobson)