Malaria is spread by infected mosquitoes that transmit microscopic parasites to humans upon biting. These mosquitoes have picked up the parasites from malaria-stricken individuals and continue spreading the disease in a vicious cycle that kills over one million people every year, and affects the quality of life of many more partially immune individuals.
In 2013 Schlumberger marked a milestone in its malaria-fighting strategy: the 10th anniversary of the Schlumberger Malaria Prevention Program and the Malaria Curative Kit, a combined initiative that has made Schlumberger a widely recognized malaria prevention leader.
As part of the Malaria Prevention Program, mobile employees traveling to malaria-risk regions are given an orientation upon entry. All employees traveling overseas from high-risk locations are issued with a Malaria Curative Kit which they must present at the point of exit as a condition for traveling overseas. If these people develop flu-like symptoms within two months of leaving the location, the kit enables them to self-test and, if necessary, take the anti-malarial medication and get to a doctor.
The Schlumberger Malaria Prevention Program (MPP) has been successful in reducing malaria-related fatalities among members of its workforce who are non-immune to malaria. Semi-immune individuals have different risks and behaviors regarding malaria, and Schlumberger is now campaigning to raise awareness and provide education to keep them, and their families, malaria-free. As well, in malaria-risk zones we regularly distribute insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets and support home fumigation for local employees and their families.
Our semi-immune populations—employees and contractors who live in malaria-affected areas and who have built up some degree of immunity—are a current area of focus. Malaria prevention training is also being extended to the families of all semi-immune employees at the high-risk locations. Special effort is made to ensure that the spouses of local employees are fully trained and involved. A pilot program for training spouses and dependents was implemented in 2012 in Ghana and Congo; and in 2013 the program is expanding to Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Tanzania.
The Schlumberger Malaria Prevention Program (MPP), launched in 2003, has been successful in reducing malaria-related incidences among both the non-immune and semi-immune workforce.
Traditional methods used to stop the contraction and spread of malaria include medication, nets, and insecticides, but research shows that education in recognizing the disease in earliest stages can also help prevent it from becoming fatal.
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