Africare began operations in Angola in 1990.
During Angola’s civil war and through the recovery period following it until 2005, Africare/Angola invested an estimate $21,000,000 into projects, and since has invested $2-3 million per year. Africare/Angola’s projects have addressed…
• Agriculture & Food Security
• Governmental Capacity Building
• Health, HIV & AIDS
• Humanitarian and Emergency Relief
• Polio Eradication
• Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
• Women’s Empowerment
…reaching an estimated 705,600 beneficiaries.
Success in Angola
Polio, a disease many might consider a thing of the past, struck back in Angola in 2005. After remaining polio free since 2001, Angola began seeing cases of the wild polio virus again. Because no cure for polio exists, this potentially fatal, paralysis-inducing virus needed to be contained. Unfortunately, the number of new cases increased as years passed, reaching a maximum of 33 new cases in 2010. Making the situation worse, Angola was exporting the virus to the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Namibia.
Under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, Africare has worked as part of a consortium addressing Angola’s polio situation since 2000. By training 3,650 local polio volunteers to date to conduct active polio surveillance, facilitate transport for vaccines, promote routine immunization in their communities, and refer children and pregnant women to vaccination posts, Africare empowered Angolans to overcome the disease in six of 12 project provinces. Africare will maintain its presence in high-risk areas and maintain consistent vaccination and vigilance.