By Erica Apeatua Addo, GNA
Akyempim (W/R), April 27, GNA - AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Gold Mine has upped its anti-malaria fight, extending the disease prevention education to senior high schools.
This is being done in partnership with John Hopkins Centre of Communications, Ghana National Control Programme and the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Health Directorate.
A press statement issued by the by company to commemorate the World Malaria Day said it was combining education with free distribution of insecticide treated nets.
The theme chosen for this year’s celebration was "Ready to beat malaria".
Iduapriem’ s anti-malaria effort was recognised in last December at the Private Sector Malaria Programme (PSMP) Safe Awards, winning the Johns Hopkins Award for its concerted efforts at reducing malaria incidence among employees, dependents, and the surrounding communities."
The statement made reference to the award and said that would only motivate the company to do more to roll back the disease in communities, where it had been operating.
It would continue to be associated with the global effort to achieve the 2020 milestones of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Technical Strategy for Malaria - targeting 40 per cent reduction in malaria cases and death rates, globally.
The Municipal Health Directorate has been working to reduce the prevalence rate of malaria in the area from 25.7 per cent recorded in 2014, to 15 per cent by 2020.
In 2005, AngloGold Ashanti initiated an integrated malaria control programme in the Obuasi Municipality in the Ashanti Region with initial annual budget of US$1.7million.
Over a two-year period, the disease burden among mine workers reporting at the Edwin Cade Hospital reduced by over 70 per cent. The average number of malaria cases recorded at the facility dropped from 6,800 to as low as 1,500 a month.
Based on the achievement and the fact that that it was the only institution implementing the ‘indoor residual spraying’ on a relatively large scale at the time, the Health Ministry and the National Malaria Control Programme entered into partnership with the Company to scale up the intervention to cover 40 districts with the highest malaria cases.
AngloGold Ashanti was selected as the principal recipient of the Global Fund ‘Round 8’ Grant and last year, received US$15.8 million to continue with indoor residual spraying in the entire Upper West Region, three districts in the Upper East, and the Obuasi Municipality.