AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) has received an award from Roll Back Malaria, West Africa Regional Network for the successful implementation of its Obuasi Malaria Control Programme, which has considerably reduced the prevalence of malaria in and around its operations in Obuasi.


The Malaria Control Programme integrates effective malaria case management, larviciding, indoor residual spraying and targeted distribution of long lasting treated mosquito nets. It has significantly reduced the malaria burden on both the company and the people of Obuasi since its implementation in 2005.


The highly successfully programme was implemented in partnership with Obuasi Municipal Assembly, National Malaria Control? and the Noguchi Medical Research Institute, at University of Ghana. To date, the programme has been financed by AGA, at an estimated cost of US$ 9 million.


The incidence of malaria cases among AGA workers and their families has gone down from a monthly average of 7000 cases in 2005 to an average of less than 120 cases in 2012. Malaria treatment costs for AGA?s Obuasi mine have dropped significantly, by 90%. The cost to the state health system of malaria treatment has also reduced markedly.


The overall reduction of malaria in the Obuasi Municipality and the surrounding communities is about 75% as at December 2011. The programme has, in addition to saving the lives of hundreds of people, reduced absenteeism among school children, market women and employees. The community has also benefited by the creation of 128 jobs since the programme was established.


Fred Attakumah, Vice President Sustainability, AGA, Ghana, said, ?The award is an endorsement of AGA?s efforts to make communities better off for the company?s presence through its long-term sustainable development strategy. We will continue to support community and economic development projects which benefit our host communities and the wider population.?


In recognition of its success, AGA, in partnership with the Global Fund, is up-scaling the Obuasi model in 40 districts across Ghana, which will benefit more than 3 million people. AGA is also implementing the programme in its operations across the continent, notably in the DRC, Guinea, Mali and Tanzania.


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