Group of moms and babies at clinic in Luanda.

Join the Angola Field Group on Thursday, February 23, for “Sickle Cell Disease: The Silent Killer of Angola Children”, presented by Dr. Patrick McGann, a pediatric hematologist who is conducting research here in Luanda at the Pediatric Hospital. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder that effects 2% of Angolan children. All of these children are likely to die before age 5.  An innovative program in Luanda over the past 6 months is focused on the screening and treatment with newborns with sickle cell anemia to provide basic interventions that will improve the survival of children with sickle cell diseases. This presentation will provide an overview of sickle cell anemia and how the program’s efforts in Angola are likely to significantly reduce childhood mortality in Angola.

Taking blood to be tested. Photos courtesy P.McGann.

Dr. McGann is a pediatric hematologist at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospita who is working in Angola on an innovative newborn screening program for sickle cell anemia, which is an invisible killer of many Angolan children.  Before moving to Baylor, he attended Tufts University School of Medicine and completed his pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  He did his hematology/oncology training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and has recently moved to Houston to work on this program, led by his mentor and worldwide sickle cell expert, Dr. Russell Ware.  In addition to monthly trips to Luanda during the beginning of this project, he will move to Luanda in July/August of 2012 to further develop the program in Luanda and throughout the country.

Everybody is welcome to attend the presentation which will be in English. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:30 PM.  If you would like to have a map showing the location of the Club, click here to view our Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Predio Maianaga, Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

 

Miss Angola participating in the national vaccination campaign. Photo courtesy Africare/CORE Group.

Despite eradication efforts, the debilitating polio virus continues to infect thousands of individuals every year.  Although India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan have witnessed the largest resurgence of recent cases, Africa has also seen the continuing persistence of the virus, particularly in Angola.  Almost declared polio-free in the early 2000’s, Angola has unfortunately seen an increase in the number of reported cases over the past few years. The present polio outbreak in Angola is a serious risk to the neighbouring countries and also an acute challenge to the global polio eradication effort with the World Health Organization classifying the outbreak as an emergency.

On Thursday, March 24th, the Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation given by Africare’s Country Director, Christian Isely, and Africare’s Program Director, Dr. Peter Wirsiy. With over forty years of experience implementing development and humanitarian projects in over thirty five African countries and over twenty years of experience working in Angola, Africare (www.africare.org) is currently playing a lead role in combating the spread of polio in the provinces of Luanda, Zaire, and Kwanza Sul.  In coordination with USAID, the Gates Foundation, UNICEF, the CORE Group, the Salvation Army, Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, and World Vision, Africare is ramping up efforts to increase vaccine coverage.  Come learn about this dreadful disease, the epidemic in Angola, and the current drive to finally eliminate it from the country.

Everybody is welcome to attend. The talk will be in English. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:30 PM! You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on this website’s Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

Community volunteers vaccinating a child. Photo courtesy Africare/CORE Group.

Now available in PDF format, the latest info about malaria in urban Luanda, published in March 2009 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Two of the report’s authors, Dr. Jules Mihigo and Dr. Francisco Saute gave a presentation on malaria to the Angola Field Group in February 2009.

You can download the PDF on our Presentations page (scroll down to Malaria in Angola). There, you can also download the ‘Evaluation of Malaria in Luanda’ poster presented by Dr. Mihigo and Dr. Saute’s powerpoint presentation about the malaria situation in Angola.

Both Dr. Mihigo and Dr. Saute work for USAID in Angola.

Encouraging use of impregnated mosquito nets. Lutheran Church Malaria Awareness Campaign in Cunene Province.

Encouraging use of impregnated mosquito nets. Lutheran Church Malaria Awareness Campaign in Cunene Province.

Malaria still claims more lives than any other disease in Angola, and its transmission peaks during the rainy season in the months of February, March, and April. The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation: Malaria in Angola, this Thursday February 26th, at 8:00 PM at the Viking Club with Dr. Francisco Saute, a medical doctor and specialist in Malaria Epidemiology, and Dr. Jules Mihigo, a medical doctor who has worked in the public health sector in various African countries and has done research on malaria drug effectiveness. In addition to talking about the transmission, prevention and treatment of malaria, the presenters will also give results of a recently conducted survey of malaria transmission in Luanda. Dr. Saute is Senior Malaria Specialist and Program Advisor for the US President’s Malaria Initiative with USAID. Dr. Mihigo is with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Luanda as Resident Advisor for the President’s Malaria Initiative.

Everybody is welcome to attend this presentation. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar now opens at 7:30 PM! English language books about Angola will be on sale. If you would like to download a map showing the location of the Viking Club, please go to this site’s Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant. See you there!