The US foundation Exxon Mobil handed over on Tuesday, here, USD 1.000.000 to the Angolan Health Ministry, under the co-operation programme between the Angolan government and the United States of America, aimed at fighting malaria and reducing deaths caused by this illness to 50 percent by 2010 in the country.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the US embassy in Luanda, Exxon Mobil chief for public relations and co-operation, James Riley, said that it was with great pride that his foundation participated in that project that aims at fighting malaria.
He manifested his wish to see that amount serve to help the Angolan government in the prevention and treatment of the illness in children and pregnant women.
James Riley announced that his foundation will continue supporting financially and technically not only the Angolan government, but also other African countries to fight malaria, through its elaborated programmes.
On the occasion, the Health deputy minister, José Van-Duném, thanked the contribution of Exxon Mobil, every national and foreign partner that have helped the government fight malaria, a disease that is responsible for the highest maternal and child mortality rate.
In 2006, Exxon Mobile Foundation in collaboration with Global Fund, UNICEF, UNDP and the governments of Japan, Norway, United Kingdom and Canada, under the "Live life with health" programme of the Angolan government, supported the anti malaria spraying campaign and the distribution of more than 800,000 insecticide treated mosquito nets in the provinces of Cabinda, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, Malanje, Moxico, Uige and Zaire.
This year, the programme is expected to distribute 450,000 mosquito nets in provinces not included in the first phase and distribute medicine in Huila, Cunene and Namibe.
Through Esso Angola, Exxon Mobil Foundation has already contributed in the last two years with about six million dollars for Angola to fight malaria.