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An overview of the economic, political, and social situation in Equatorial Guinea.

EG Justice
August 8, 2011

18 months after Equatorial Guinea agreed to implement more than 100 recommendations at its first Universal Periodic Review, what is the status of these reforms?

A Benito; J Roche; R Molina; C Amela; J Alvar
November 1, 1995

Between March 1990 and June 1992, a study was carried out in Equatorial Guinea on the in vitro response of Plasmodium falciparum to different antimalarial drugs. Field work for the study was conducted both in the country's island region as well as on the mainland, and resistant isolates were found to exhibit interregional differences. On the island of Bioko, 204 tests were performed with 16% (11 of 69) resistant to chloroquine, 9% (4 of 46) resistant to quinine, 14% (6 of 43) resistant to a combination of sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine, and 6.5% (3 of 46) resistant to amodiaquine. In the mainland area of Bata, the same antimalarial drugs and mefloquine were tested with the following results: 9% (5 of 58) resistant to chloroquine; 2% (1 of 58) resistant to amodiaquine, and 3% (2 of 58) resistant to a combination of sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine. No isolates resistant to quinine or mefloquine were found. Effective concentrations (EC50, EC90, and EC99) and regression lines (log dose/response) for each antimalarial drug were calculated to establish a surveillance system for antimalarial drug chemosensitivity in Equatorial Guinea. Finally, 12 isolates from 12 patients previously treated with chloroquine were studied to compare both tests (in vivo-in vitro) and obtain a correlation between the RII and RIII types of in vivo and in vitro resistances. No correlation for the RI type was found between the two methods.

F. De Paz et al.
March 1, 2006

A brief medical case study of an Equatoguinean boy with sickle cell disease who is diagnosed with malaria.

Save the Children
May 1, 2011

A report that analyzes the living conditions of women and children around the world and includes an index that ranks 180 countries accordingly. Equatorial Guinea is ranked among the bottom ten countries in the Mothers' Index.

April 25, 2011

EG Justice hosted a Roundtable in which Marathon Oil and partners discussed a public-private partnership with the government to curb malaria.

February 19, 2008

Highlights a series of training sessions for women organized by UNICEF, the Spanish National Committee for UNICEF and the Red Cross in Equatorial Guinea. These sessions allow participants to express themselves freely on HIV/AIDS and upgrade their knowledge on prevention and treatment of the disease.

A Heredia; A Vallejo; V Soriano; M Gutierrez; S Puente; J S Epstein; I K Hewlett

PIP: A case of HIV-2 infection is described in a 35-year-old woman born in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, who migrated to Madrid, Spain, in 1995. It was determined through questioning the woman that her only HIV-associated risk factor was unprotected heterosexual contacts in her country of origin. Her ex-husband, to whom she had been married for 18 years, was also from Equatorial Guinea and was known to have had multiple sex partners. The woman reported having had heterosexual encounters with five other partners in her native country, although less frequently than with her ex-husband. She was unaware of her sex partners' HIV serostatus and denied having had any sexual relations in Spain during her one-year current residency. The woman was in good health and presented with a CD4+ T cell count of 486 cubic millimeters. HIV-2 infection was identified using the Pepti-LAV immunoassay and Western blot. Isolation of the infecting virus was attempted by coculturing the patient's peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) with PBMCs from an HIV-seronegative donor according to standard protocols for HIV isolation. Nested polymerase chain reaction was later conducted on some DNA from the woman's uncultured PBMCs. Phylogenetic analysis showed that the sequence data obtained clustered with the B subtype of HIV-2.

Amnesty International
September 17, 2002

Juan Asumu Sima died in the morning of Saturday 31 August 2002 in Black Beach prison, Malabo. Amnesty International does not have information on the exact cause of death, but it is believed that, although he is elderly, the injuries he sustained during torture and harsh prison conditions may have contributed to his death.Juan Asumu Sima was part of a group of 144 people arrested after 15 March 2002 and tried between 23 May and 9 June 2002. Sixty-eight detainees were found guilty of attempting to overthrow the government. Juan Asumu Sima was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison. Amongst the others sentenced were Felipe Ondó Obiang, Donato Ondó Ondó, Guillermo Nguema Elá, Mariano Ekua, Laureano Ondó Monsuy and Ovono Akubenga. According to reports, Juan Asumu Sima was severely tortured in pre-trial detention. At the time of the trial had to be assisted to the stand by his co-defendants and had to sit down during the questioning. He reportedly had scars, consistent with torture/ill-treatment, on legs and arms. Like several other defendants he repeatedly asked for medical treatment during the trial, but it was denied.

Nadine Dorries, Steve Baker, Caroline Noakes
November 8, 2011

This report describes the experience of three members of Parliament who traveled to Equatorial Guinea in 2011 on a trip paid for by the Government of Equatorial Guinea. The report describes their lack of freedom to travel in the country, the lack of good health care and education, and offers suggestions to the government for the future.

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