allAfrica.com: West Africa: Ecowas Gets U.S.$20 Million From Venezuela to Fight MalariaPosted: May 1, 2012
ECOWAS and Venezuela have agreed to take measures to execute their 2009 memorandum of understanding (MOU) towards the elimination of malaria in West Africa.
Under the MOU, which was signed during the first high-level ministerial visit to Venezuela, the country agreed to provide 20 million US dollars to support an ECOWAS vector control programme of malaria elimination through biolarvidicing. Biolarvicides are sprayed on the habitats of mosquitoes to eliminate their larvae, one of the stages in the evolution of mosquitoes.
The deal was reached during the just-concluded second high-level ministerial visit comprising the health ministers of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria led by ECOWAS Vice President, Dr Toga Mcintosh. It was agreed that this be renegotiated and approved by a high-level ministerial meeting to be organized by the ECOWAS Commission with the health ministers from Cuba, Venezuela and the three West African countries.
Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria are hosting the three regional manufacturing facilities for the production of the biolarvicides.