Malaria is a major health risk for Sonamet’s employees and the wider Benguela community. In 2000, the company launched an ambitious Malaria Control Programme (MCP). The results have been very positive. A dedicated MCP team, trained in blood analysis and in managing malaria outbreaks, is able to diagnose and effectively target treatment of the disease.
In addition, Sonamet sponsors a team of local and international experts to conduct studies on the transmission of malaria in the Benguela region. Information is passed to the Angolan public health authorities to benefit the whole community and new pilot projects have been launched in coordination with the Ministry of Health.
The results have also been used by the World Health Organisation, which has recognised the effectiveness of the MCP developed by Sonamet.