As part of Saipem’s commitment to sustainable development within its host communities, in February 2011 Petromar Lda, in association with local government authorities, launched an initiative to support malaria prevention in Ambriz, a remote town with 13,000 inhabitants. Given the problem of endemic malaria and the availability of only basic local healthcare facilities, the best way to combat the disease is to protect the population from contracting it in the first place.

Petromar staff have identified pregnant females and children under 5 years of age as the most vulnerable community members.
A total of 2,800 insecticide treated bed nets were distributed over 2 days to approximately 1,300 families, along with guidance and instructions for their optimal use.

A tetanus vaccination campaign for pregnant females was conducted parallel to this on the second day.
Statistics were provided to the Ministry of Health representative to support strategic planning and implementation of the malaria control programme at both local and national levels.

For the second phase of the project, Petromar, again in liaison with local government authorities, has planned to distribute mosquito nets in Belavista and Tabi.

Located approximately 50-80 km from Ambriz, but falling within its municipal jurisdiction, these two peripheral communities have populations of about 3,000 and 5,600, respectively.