Case Studies of successful industry involvement in malaria control programmes

Newmont, Batu Hijau, Indonesia

Since 1996, Newmont has been contracting International SOS to operate an integrated broad-based health service at its Batu Hijau mine. The program involves prevention and treatment activities both inside and outside the fence including larviciding, screening of military personnel for malaria before entering the control zone, distribution of mosquito nets, space spraying, training of community members on diagnosis of malaria, capacity building of government health workers, screening and treatment of children in surrounding villages, case management in the site clinic and first aid posts and medical evacuation if necessary. Malaria prevalence reduced in community school children from 47.3 per cent in 1999 to 1.5 per cent in 2007. In addition, the malaria incidence rate in the mine workforce dropped from 53 per 1,000 employees in 1998 to 5 per 1,000 in 2007.