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Baltimore manufacturer buys malaria drugs for Nigeria

Baltimore manufacturer Ellicott Dredges has agreed to buy $100,000 in malaria drugs and insecticide-treated bed nets to be used by women and children in Nigeria.

The company, which built all the original dredges in the original construction of the Panama Canal, is working with Baltimore non-profit Jhpiego. The medicine will go to women and children in the Akwa Ibom state in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

Malaria accounts for 11 percent of maternal deaths in Nigeria, according to Jhpiego. The organization believes it contributes to poverty, low productivity and absenteeism in the schools.

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Peter Bowe, Ellicott Dredges president, said in a statement that his company was interested in helping Nigerians because it has been active in sand-dredging projects in the region.

"Women are the foundation of families throughout the world," Bowe said in a statement. "Their health is directly related to a nation's health."

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