Papua New Guinea - Program Operation
Our client’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Papua New Guinea is one of the largest LNG development projects ever attempted, with a project budget of $22.4 billion. It is an exciting, challenging, and nation-building project set in the middle of tropical jungles, teeming with environmentally sensitive areas and some of the highest rates in the world for mosquito-borne diseases. During the planning stages, mosquito-borne disease was identified as a significant threat to the completion of the project, potentially leading to project delays or even temporary shutdowns.
MosquitoZone was designated to lead the vector/pest control efforts for the entire project. We have been with the project since the start, supporting early infrastructure construction of roads, bridges and airports. MosquitoZone’s vector control program area covers 6,000 workers, 12 camps, and 273 kilometers, including onshore pipeline construction, airport, gas conditioning plant construction and client living quarters in Port Moresby, the capital city.
A major achievement for MosquitoZone has been the total prevention of malaria cases among the pipeline construction crews as they cut through the rainforest, laying a 34-inch pipe over 400 kilometers. An MZ entomologist helps the project manager construct safe ‘fly camps’ where the mobile workers are protected from mosquitoes at night. Constant surveillance and education keep everyone aware of the risks.
Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Mauritania, Ethiopia -
Program Evaluation and Audits
MosquitoZone expanded the client’s Malaria Management Program. This project began with a comprehensive review of the corporate malaria policy and malaria education/awareness materials, with comparison to industry best practices. The resulting 256-page document became a touchstone for the client malaria control team. Now our client’s camps in five African countries receive regular onsite audits of vector control and personal protection systems, processes and resources.
The onsite audit evaluates inside-the-fence vector/pest control program components including monitoring and evaluation capabilities, internal capacity building (e.g. local content development), personal protection programs (e.g. living and storage structure modifications, personal protection equipment, chemoprophylaxis use, self-diagnostic kits, curative kits), malaria diagnostics, case reporting and root cause analysis process conducted by the camp clinics.
Papua New Guinea - Program Monitoring and Quality Assurance
MosquitoZone, on a quarterly basis, evaluates this oil company’s vector and pest control programs at its small camps in PNG. We also perform indoor residual treatment of living accommodations and office spaces, and outdoor residual treatment around entryways and window openings. MosquitoZone reduces the risk of vector-borne diseases while improving camp hygiene cost effectively for a small operation.
Mozambique - Risk Assessment
For this client’s largest overseas development project, MosquitoZone assessed the risks and consulted with the operator on vector control, malaria case tracking, work site safety, and opportunities to work with the local community in reducing the risk of malaria.
When MZI arrived to do the initial risk assessment, about 150 employees were experiencing a malaria infection rate as high as the local population. The MZ vector control specialists applied Indoor Residual Treatment to around 200 rooms where the employees worked, slept and relaxed to immediately reduce exposure to bites from malaria-infected mosquitoes. Three camps were inspected and all the sources of risk, including use of outdoor dining areas, lack of personal bite protection equipment, and low awareness of how malaria can kill, were reviewed in a 40-page illustrated report, including recommendations for immediately and permanently reducing malaria risk.
Angola - Program Audit, Worker and Management Education
Although this oil field equipment manufacturer has sent its people around the world to support its customers for many years, the recent increase of exploration in Africa and Southeast Asia led to a higher incidence of malaria infection, and finally to the unexpected death of an expatriate professional employee. MosquitoZone was called in to help the company overhaul its malaria control program, upgrade its education materials, audit all three of its facilities in Angola, and train executives on the best practices in preventing malaria.
Chad - Program Operation
Since 2006, MosquitoZone has been providing malaria control services inside drilling, construction and production camps in Southern Chad. The client, its partners, and its Engineering & Construction (E&C) contractors have had up to 2,000 persons working and/or living in 3 camps, covering an area of approximately 600 acres. MosquitoZone entomologists and vector control specialists have implemented an integrated malaria control program with the following key elements:
Intensive surveillance and identification of adult mosquito populations.
Control of adult mosquito population with truck-mounted night Ultra Low Volume (ULV) least toxic spraying.
Indoor Residual Treatment (IRT) of appropriate structures inside the camps, and thermal fogging underneath raised buildings and containers. All use of pesticides is supervised by MosquitoZone entomologists, done in compliance with WHOPES guidelines, and driven by surveillance data analysis.
Intensive surveillance and identification of immature mosquito populations.
Control of immature mosquito population with source reduction strategies including larviciding, ditching, draining and filling and more.
Comprehensive educational campaign including posters, informative handouts, safety meetings and videos designed to increase awareness of malaria and personal protection methods.
In 2005, before MosquitoZone arrived, the client experienced 23 non-immune and 652 semi-immune diagnosed cases of p. falciparum malaria. High malaria incidence caused operational problems, including absenteeism, lost time and lost profits. Furthermore, malaria had caused two expatriate deaths during the project. In 2010, after 4 years with MosquitoZone, the project experienced substantially fewer cases and no deaths, with an overall reduction in the malaria incidence rate of 83%.