Marked Increase in Child Survival after Four Years of Intensive Malaria Control

Marked Increase in Child Survival after Four Years of Intensive Malaria Control

Immo Kleinschmidt et al. June 1, 2009
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This article provides a 2009 update on the ongoing efforts of the Bioko Island Malaria Control Project to reduce the infection rate of malaria. The article reports a significant decline in child mortality rates on Bioko Island.

"Bioko, Equatorial Guinea, is an island in the Gulf of Guinea, with ∼200,000 inhabitants. The Bioko Island Malaria Control Project (BIMCP) was launched in 2003 with funding from a consortium led by Marathon Oil Corporation and from the Government of Equatorial Guinea. In this study, we report on changes in malaria transmission indicators and in all-cause under-5 mortality that were recorded over a 4-year period after implementation of comprehensive malaria control measures.

After the discovery of offshore oil reserves in the 1990s, Equatorial Guinea experienced rapid economic growth, resulting in gross national product per capita exceeding US$10,000/yr by 2007, 17 with concomitant, if not commensu rate, overall improvements in living standards. For example, households with access to piped water..."

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