Equatorial Guinea Advances Public Health Through Education

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 Education News J E 4

Country Also Welcomes New UNICEF Representative

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Equatorial Guinea's (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) Ministry of Health and Welfare and the Sanitary Prevention Department launched a cholera and measles vaccination campaign in an effort to further improve health services for the nation's citizens.

Health centers in Malabo have expanded their immunization programs and launched a vaccination campaign for pregnant women and children up to 5 years of age. President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo said the vaccination campaign will improve the quality of health care and be of great benefit to the people of Equatorial Guinea.

Another effort to improve the quality of life for children was the arrival of new UNICEF representative for Equatorial Guinea, Aboubacar Saibou. The State Secretary for International Cooperation, Victoriana Nchama Nsue Okomo, received his credentials during the meeting where he explained that UNICEF's plan of action is to work closely with the government to address child- and education-related issues.

UNICEF Representative Aboubacar said: "Our goal in Equatorial Guinea is to support the government in reducing children issues and working on health and social protection areas to promote the rights of children and women and improve the quality of education. Our job is to take measures to protect children and women in the country."

During the hearing, Aboubacar was accompanied by deputy Eduardo Rodriguez and UNICEF Information Officer Felipe Esono Croner.

About Equatorial Guinea

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country will host the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit

This has been distributed by Qorvis Communications, LLC on behalf of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. More information on this relationship is on file at the United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.

SOURCE Republic of Equatorial Guinea


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