28/04/2015 Press release
Total Launches “Net-it-out” Project for Malaria Control in Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria - 22 April 2015
As part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility, Total Group in Nigeria is to launch the ‘‘Net-it-out’ project in the Ibafon community of Lagos State on Thursday, 23 April 2015.
As part of the exercise, employees of Total Group in Nigeria (comprising the upstream and downstream companies of the Group) will support the distribution and hanging of Long Lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (LLINs) in 500 households. Facilitated by Kasher Consulting Ltd, the project will feature community awareness and sensitisation of residents on how to effectively hang up and use their insecticide treated nets.
“Health is the first priority of our HSE Programme and TOTAL worldwide is committed to assisting in the eradication of malaria” says Elisabeth Proust, Managing Director, Total E&P Nigeria Limited and the Group Representative in Nigeria.
Also commenting on the project, Managing Director of Total Nigeria Plc, Alexis Vovk said “the objective is to create awareness amongst local communities, employees and their families as well as all stakeholders on malaria control and prevention in Nigeria”.
During the event, Total insecticides will be distributed to about 3,250 beneficiaries in the community, many of whom are mothers with children under 5 years and pregnant women. Also about 25,000 fliers containing information on malaria treatment and prevention will also be distributed through over 500 Total service stations nationwide and in the Ibafon community.
“The use of LLINs each night is one of the most effective ways to prevent malaria. Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLINs) have been demonstrated to be one of the most effective malaria vector control methods available to date. According to the World Health Organisation, studies in a number of countries in Africa have reported a 17% - 63% reduction in overall child mortality resulting from the use of the nets”.
Reports from a pre-campaign survey have shown that residents are excited at the prospect of not only receiving LLINs and insecticide sprays, but also having Total’s employees and hired carpenters provide support in hanging the nets in their homes and educating them on proper usage”.