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Delta trains volunteers for anti-malaria campaign

Delta trains volunteers for anti-malaria campaign

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Delta Air Lines and the Ghana Red Cross have trained the first batch of volunteers for a year-long anti-malaria campaign in Accra.

Over 80 volunteers will be recruited and trained for the year-long project, dubbed the “Delta Air Lines and Ghana Red Cross Anti-Malaria Campaign”, to undertake a number of house-to-house visits to educate the general public on the importance and use of treated mosquito nets.

The campaign will see a mass distribution of 4,000 Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN) in the country starting from Nima, a suburb of Accra. It is estimated that the campaign will benefit a total number of 8,000 people.

Bobby Bryan, Delta Air Lines’ Commercial Manager for East and West Africa said: “We are happy to be making progress in this collaboration. Malaria, undoubtedly, is one of the most common diseases and the cause of a number of deaths in several African countries including Ghana”

“As an international company with a strong presence in the country, the well being of its people especially women and children, and their freedom from Malaria, is of great concern to us. We wish all the volunteers well in their assignments,” he said.

Madam Beatrice Adama Idrisu, a nurse from the Usher Policlinic in Accra who conducted the first part of the one-day volunteer training said: “Malaria is one of the most common diseases in the country which kills several people each year. I am very glad to see all these volunteers here today because this campaign will go a long way to help control and reduce the high occurrence of the disease in the country.”

Mr. Thomas Aapore, the Event Coordinator of the Ghana Red Cross Society expressed his delight about the partnership with Delta Air Lines and stated that they are looking forward to educating and positively impacting the lives of residents of the localities which will be visited. He urged more companies to follow Delta’s remarkable example.

Another training session is expected to be held in the Upper East regional capital, Bolgatanga.

Delta has operated service to Ghana since December 2006 and now operates service to five African cities in five countries. Delta has grown from 22 weekly departures to and from Africa in December 2006 to more than 50 planned for summer 2014.

Through its hubs in Atlanta and New York-JFK, Delta offers hundreds of convenient onward connections.