Cross-Border Malaria Project. Angola-Namibia
Elimination 8 is a partnership of eight countries in Southern Africa which are collaborating to achieve the elimination of malaria transmission in continental sub-Saharan Africa by the year 2030. Elimination 8 employs a multi-pronged attack on the cross-border infection and spread of malaria across the whole of Southern Africa, with ADPP Angola leading the consortium implementing the project on the Angola-Namibia border.
The project is contributing to the goal of elimination of malaria in Namibia by 2020, and is laying the groundwork towards the pre-elimination of malaria in the southern part of Angola. This double objective is being achieved by testing, treating and tracking malaria cases among often hard to reach and mobile populations along the Angola-Namibia border.
A consortium of NGOs, each with extensive experience in the field, is implementing the project. ADPP’s Project Management Unit is leading the task, and coordinating the activities of ADPP Angola, The Mentor Initiative and the Council of Christian Churches with JC Flowers in Angola, and DAPP Namibia and the Anglican AIDS Program in Namibia. The project began 1 May 2017 and the first phase will run until 30 August 2018.
On the ground, the project involves the establishing of fixed malaria testing posts in border areas of Kuando Kubango and Kunene in Angola, and in northern Namibia, plus the organizing of mobile posts and surveillance teams to reach remote villages and populations. Staff include nurses, community health workers, case management supervisors, field supervisors, environmental health officers, drivers and office workers. Volunteers working in the community on a daily basis form an important element of the project.
Testing and treating began on 1 September in Angola. By the end of the year, the project had carried out 46,511 rapid malaria tests. Meanwhile in Namibia, 20,027 tests were carried out between August and December. The project aims to treat all those testing positive, and to track cases in Namibia to identify the origin and stop the spread of malaria.
- 7 Border municipalities in Angola
- 5 Border districts in Namibia
- 7 Malaria Plus fixed posts, 6 in Angola and 1 in Namibia
- 3 Malaria Basic mobile posts, 1 in Angola, 2 in Namibia
- 1 Leverage post in Angola
- 66,538 Rapid Diagnostic Tests carried out
- 4 Surveillance teams in Namibia