Elimination 8 Consortium: 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, employing a multi-pronged attack on the cross-border infection and spread of malaria across the whole of Southern Africa.
ADPP Angola leads consortium implementing the projecton 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 eliminating 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 form an important element of the project.
Testing and treating began on in August in Namibia and on 1 September in Angola. 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.
Selected highlights, per April 2018:
- 7 Malaria Plus permanent posts established, 6 in Angola and 1 in Namibia
- 3 Malaria Basic mobile posts established, 1 in Angola, 2 in Namibia
- 88,357 Rapid Diagnostic Tests carried out
- 4 Surveillance teams carrying out active surveillance in Namibia