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Angola: cholera cases slashed, WHO

Angola has slashed the incidence of cholera so far this year, despite major flooding that normally heightens the risk of the water-borne disease, World Health Organization data showed. In the first five months of 2008, the WHO detected 7,740 cases of cholera with 198 fatalities in Angola. But in the same period this year, the WHO has only recorded 681 cases and three deaths, with only five of Angola’s 18 provinces affected. The WHO credited the drop to community education and improved sanitation.

[...] The data covers only cases recorded at hospitals, excluding many patients who never receive treatment, said Karen Hvid, the Angola representative of the International Federation of the Red Cross. “There are many communities which don’t have easy access to hospitals, but these figures certainly show a decrease,” she told AFP. “This is a remarkable improvement. Basic community education by the Ministry of Health, the Red Cross and others in partnership has played a key role in raising awareness about preventing cholera.”

Cholera is most prevalent in Angola between January and mid-May during the rainy season, when stagnant water gathers in communities, particularly urban slum areas with little or no drainage and poor sanitation.

Source: AFP / The Citizen, 18 May 2009

Angola: Sanitation Priority for 2009, Says Luanda Governor

Luanda — The approval of the sanitation steering plan for the capital city is one of the priorities of the Luanda provincial government, on Wednesday here announced governor Francisca do Espírito Santo, at the end of a Cabinet Council meeting.

According to her, there is the need for repairing infrastructures and sewerage system as they are old.

Under the programme of improving the citizens living standards, the government will approve municipal steering plans, to guide the construction of new compounds and urban re-classification programmes in districts facing serious degradation conditions.

The governor also announced the re-classification of Sambizanga District and Martires de Kifangondo ward, as well as the installation of sewerage systems in some wards such as Golf II and Benfica.

Read More – Angola Press

Angola launches third national de-worming campaign in schools

Over the next month, primary school children in all of Angola’s 18 provinces will receive de-worming tablets as part of a national campaign that is now in its third year. The campaign aims to ensure that the country’s children have better health for better learning.

Parasitic infections, or intestinal worms, can lead to malnutrition, anaemia and slow cognitive development.

In Angola, the school de-worming campaign is led by the Ministries of Health and Education, with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organization. It is part of a broader programme to promote health in Angolan schools; this effort includes the provision of water and latrines, the establishment of hygiene education and health and hygiene clubs, and a school feeding programme.

Read more: Lone Hvass, UNICEF, 24 Sep 2008

Angola: Environment Ministry And Unicef Cooperate in Sanitation

Angola Press Agency (Luanda), posted to the web 24 April 2008

A memorandum of understanding in the area of basic environmental sanitation was signed Wednesday, in Luanda’s Talatona Conventions Centre, in Luanda, where the fourth conference of environment ministers of CPLP is taking place, between the Angolan Ministry of Urbanisation and Environment (Minua) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).

(…)   It is also going to be developed integrated strategies of social marketing for environmental sanitation and hygiene promotion in partnership with local NGOs and support to the exchange of learning experiences.  (…)

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Angola: Reduction of Environment Impact On Health Needs Strong Sanitary Network

Angola Press Agency (Luanda) 8 April 2008, Posted to the web 8 April 2008

Sumbe

The reduction of the impact of environmental degradation on health requires the reinforcement of the sanitary network, implementation of preventive measures and active participation of citizens in preservation programmes. This was said Monday in Sumbe, central kwanza Sul province, by the deputy Health minister, José Van-Dúnem. (…)

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Angola: Flooding brings surge in cholera

Widespread flooding in southern Angola has been blamed for a surge in cholera, with 4,500 cases of the waterborne disease reported this year, and 150 fatalities.

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“Stagnant ponds create further breeding sites for malaria-carrying mosquitoes; wells and latrines have been contaminated with floodwater, and local communities are cut off from their usual water sources. Without clean water families hit by the floods are at serious risk of death and disease”, said Adam Berthoud, Regional Public Health Advisor for Oxfam.

Read more: IRIN, 1 April 2008