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MALABO (June 10, 2010) – As part of Equatorial Guinea’s (República de Guinea Ecuatorial)
efforts to improve public health throughout the country, the Ministry of Health and Social
Welfare is sponsoring a two-year nursing assistant course to improve health issues in
collaboration with the Spanish Cooperation and the Cuban Brigade.

The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare, María de la Vida Asue Ndong, invited
participants to engage in this effort to improve health in the country, a key aspect of President
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo’s health sector project, Horizon 2020: “Health for All.”

The project was launched at the Spanish Cultural Center in Malabo, and was supported by the
Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare, the Ambassador of Spain, Manuel Gómez-Acebo
Rodriguez-Spiteri, the Minister of Social Affairs, Maria Leonor Epam Biribé, Representatives
from Civil Service, Minister of Education, and the Foundation for the Development of Nursing
(FUDEB), among others.

The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is also leading the efforts for development projects,
such as construction of Hospital Maternal—a new maternity center. Equatorial Guinea continues
to make investments in the country through use of funds related to its natural resources. The
health infrastructure has some 300 clinics and several hospitals managed by Social Security or
INSESO, which covers half of the medical expenses of the policyholders.

The new hospital complex in Bata, La Paz Medical Center, opened in May 2007. It is one
of the most sophisticated and advanced hospitals in West Africa. Its
advanced technology and highly qualified personnel that meet the highest
standards in the matter is destined to become a destination for health care
throughout the region. The hospital is able to serve over 100,000 people and is
considered to be one of the most advanced in Africa.

About Equatorial Guinea
The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (República de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-
speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s,
American companies helped discover the country’s oil and natural gas reserves, which only
within the last five years began contributing significantly to the global energy supply. Equatorial
Guinea is now investing in its people and economy, and working to serve as a pillar of stability
and security in West Central Africa. The country will host the 2011 Summit of the African
Union. For more information, visit


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