improving infant and maternal health in Angola

A sculpture of a health mother and child
graces the entrance to the new Cabinda
Infant and Maternal Health Center.

Despite the many improvements Angola has made since its long civil war ended in 2002, child and maternal mortality rates remain among the highest in the world. Nearly one in five children does not survive to age five.

To address the need for better care and education, Chevron and its partners in the Block 0 concession offshore Angola recently opened the Cabinda Infant and Maternal Health Center in Cabinda City. The $8 million project will ensure that children under five years of age in Cabinda receive high-quality diagnoses and treatment for malaria, acute diarrheal diseases and acute respiratory diseases.

"Chevron remains strongly committed to helping improve the quality of critical services, such as health care, in our communities," said Rick Cohagen, managing director of Chevron's Southern Africa strategic business unit. "This medical facility is a perfect example of how cooperation with the government and our Block 0 partners can make a positive impact on people."

The center will also provide services such as family planning; health, nutrition and sex education; routine vaccinations; malaria and anemia prevention; pre- and post-natal maternal care; follow-up care of newborns; laboratory services, and a pharmacy. Additionally, the center will provide women with access to counseling and screening for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Cabinda is separated from the rest of Angola by a narrow strip of territory belonging to the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the south and east. In the north, Cabinda is bound by the Republic of the Congo. The company holds a 39.2 percent operated interest in Block 0, a concession adjacent to the Cabinda coastline, as well as a 31 percent operated interest in deepwater Block 14, west of Block 0.

Published: December 2011