Angola: US agency provides US$6 million for health projects

30 March 2009

Huambo, Angola, 30 March – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has granted US$6 million for interventions within the scope of Essential Health Services (SES), underway in some provinces of Angola, the director of SES said Friday in Luanda.

According to the managing director of the SES project in Angola, Margarita Guardin, who was speaking to Angolan news agency Angop on the sidelines of the 20th Ordinary Consultation Council of the Ministry for Health, held from 25 to 27 March in Huambo, with the funding provided various programmes were being carried out to support the Angolan government in reducing malaria, tuberculosis, aiding sexual and reproductive health and family planning.

According to Guardin, training of some staff at provincial health directorates was underway in statistics, diagnostics and treatment of malaria, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

With this year’s expansion of the Essential Health Services project in some Angolan provinces, such as Moxico, Kuando Kubango and Lunda Sul, the organisation also plans to continue providing support in acquiring various consumable materials and equipment, for operating voluntary testing and counseling centres.

In 2008, the programme covered 16 locations in the provinces of Luanda, Lunda Norte and Vunene and this year work is expected to begin in Cabinda, Kuando Kubango and Lunda Sul.

USAID launched its health project in Angola in September 2006, with the aim of boosting the health system, via the SES project. (macauhub)