The launching ceremony took place at the Polytechnic Institute of Bié, in Cuito, and included representatives of the USAID/The President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), the NMCP, the Bie Provincial Health Directorate (DPS), other bilateral partners of malaria control, and the media.
Angola continues to emerge from a turbulent and violent history, complicated by its abundant natural resources, specifically oil and diamonds, and a substantial need to more equitably develop and grow with the same pace as the economy and population. Since the 27 year civil war ended in 2002, Angola has held two rounds of successful democratic elections and has signed a new constitution. Within the last decade, the country has rebuilt most of the infrastructure destroyed during the war.
During the Tenth Annual International Congress of Angolan Physicians in Luanda on January 26 and 27, the Minister of Health, José Van-Dunem, announced that Angola remained a polio-free nation in 2014. Due to robust national campaigns and routine immunization days, the country exceeded an 80% child immunization rate.
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) five-year Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) recognizes Angola’s growing economy, rising regional status, and remaining development challenges. As Angola emerges into the ranks of middle-income countries, it provides a genuine opportunity for USAID to begin a successful transformation of its relationship with this significant U.S. trading partner and important Southern Africa ally.
Last updated: January 13, 2016