A partnership between ExxonMobil PNG and Rotary Against Malaria will deliver more than 3,900 Insecticide Treated Mosquito Nets (LLINs) in PNG LNG project areas.
With funding from ExxonMobil PNG of K80,500, the bed net distribution is targeting the provinces of Hela, Gulf and Central where incidences of malaria continue to have an impact.
“As a major employer and investor in Papua New Guinea, we have witnessed the devastation of malaria. We’ve seen its impact on the lives of our workforce, their families and their communities,” said ExxonMobil PNG managing director, Andrew Barry
“The use of treated bed nets is one of the most effective ways to prevent mosquito bites. It is our hope that by distributing these bed nets we can help reduce the number of malaria cases and importantly, reduce the burden it places on families in communities where we operate,” said Barry
Rotary Against Malaria Project Manager Tim Freeman said since LLINs were introduced into PNG in 2006, it is estimated that malaria prevalence and incidence has fallen by over 70 percent in most areas of the country.
“In many parts of the Highlands malaria seems to have disappeared as malaria outbreaks, which became more common in the Highlands, have now not occurred for many years. Nevertheless, we must continue to supply LLINs or malaria is likely to bounce back and become a severe problem once again,” concluded Tim.