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John Bolender
August 16, 2003

Article looking at US relations with Equatorial Guinea. Bolender argues the Bush administration maintains reasonably friendly relations with the African nation of Equatorial Guinea despite the extreme human rights violations perpetrated by Equatorial Guinea's government against its own people. America's motive is to acquire oil from Equatorial Guinea's vast reserves.

J Roche, A Guerra-Neira, J Raso, and A Benito
May 6, 2003

From 1992-1999, we have assessed the therapeutic efficacy of three malaria treatment regimens (chloroquine 25 mg/kg over three days, pyrimethamine/sulfadoxine 1.25/25 mg/kg in one dose, and quinine 25-30 mg/kg daily in three oral doses over a four-, five-, or seven-day period) in 1,189 children under age 10 at Malabo Regional Hospital in Equatorial Guinea. Of those children, 958 were followed up clinically and parasitologically for 14 days. With chloroquine, the failure rate varied from 55% in 1996 to 40% in 1999; the early treatment failure rate increased progressively over the years, from 6% in 1992 to 30% in 1999. With pyrimethamine/sulfadoxine, the failure rate varied from 0% in 1996 to 16% in 1995. The short quinine treatment regimens used in 1992 and 1993 (4 and 5 days, respectively) resulted in significantly higher failure rates (19% and 22%, respectively) than the 7d regimen (3-5.5%). We conclude that: a) failure rates for chloroquine are in the change period (> 25%), and urgent action is needed; b) pyrimethamine/ sulfadoxine failure rates are in the alert period (6-15%), and surveillance must be continued; and c) quinine failure rates are in the grace period (< 6%), so quinine can be recommended.

J Cano, S Nzambo, J N Buatiche, M Ondo-Esono, F Micha, and A Benito
April 8, 2003

Anopheles (Cellia) carnevalei is described in the mainland region (Río Muni) of Equatorial Guinea. Anophelines collected were identical to An. nili with exception of some morphological characters found in wings, head, and legs.

J -C Toto, S Abaga, P Carnevale, and F Simard
September 5, 2003

The invasive oriental mosquito Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus (Skuse) (Diptera: Culicidae) was detected on Bioko Island for the first time in November 2001. It was found to be well established breeding in artificial containers at Planta, near Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea. This is the third tropical African country to be invaded by Ae. albopictus, which has recently spread to many parts of the Americas and Europe--with vector competence for dengue, yellow fever and other arboviruses.

J C Toto, S Abaga, P Carnevale, and F Simard
October 9, 2003

This report describes the history of the oriental mosquito and traces it back to certain diseases believed to be caused by the insect in Equatorial Guinea and other countries.

Isabelle Amsallem, Mette Løyche Wilkie, Pape Koné, and Michel Ngandji.
October 8, 2003

To highlight numerous efforts undertaken in forest management, FAO launched an initiative entitled ʺIn search of excellenceʺ to identify and document successful examples of sustainable management. This book contains analyses in the form of 14 case studies. The management practices identified demonstrate the evolution of the forest sector in Central Africa.

International Human Rights Instruments: Equatorial Guinea
October 9, 2003

Summary report by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights that details the extent to which international human rights standards have been meet in the country of Equatorial Guinea.

International Bar Association
October 5, 2003

A detailed report that analyzes the status of human rights, rule of law, governance, and democracy in Equatorial Guinea. The report is based in part on field research conducted in the country in July 2003. The report highlights several areas of concern and offers a number of recommendations to the Equatoguinean government. The report is available in both English and Spanish.

Diagram Group
May 5, 2003

Far from the usual vague photo-essay of Africa as one primitive place, titles in the six-volume History of Africa series provide a close-up, readable, accurate overview of the diverse African nations and their political histories. In Nations and Leaders , each of the 53 independent countries is showcased on a packed double-page spread, with a summary of the contemporary struggle for independence, brief profiles of important leaders, and a detailed time line.

UN Commission on Human Rights
Asma Jahangir
December 22, 2003

The present report, which is submitted pursuant to Commission on Human Rights resolution 2003/53, covers information received and communications sent by the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions in the period from 2 December 2002 to 1 December 2003, unless otherwise stated. The report is divided into five sections, focusing on different aspects of the problem of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and contains the Special Rapporteur’s observations on issues falling within the purview of her mandate.

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