Belize City, 11 May 2011 – The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in Belize, under the auspices of the AMI/RAVREDA Project supported by USAID, CDC, and other partners, are hosting a two day regional Seminar on activities based on Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLIN) interventions. The Seminar is being held from 11-12 May 2011 at the Villas at Banyan Bay, San Pedro Town, Belize.
The objective of the seminar is to analyze vector control activities based on LLIN interventions, including programming, monitoring and evaluation processes. 40 participants from 12 different countries of the region are taking part in this seminar.
The WHO/GMP calls upon national malaria control programs and their partners involved in insecticide-treated net interventions to purchase only long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs). LLINs are designed to maintain their biological efficacy against vector mosquitoes for at least three years in the field under recommended conditions of use, obviating the need for regular insecticide treatment. In order for their full potential to be realized, LLINs should be deployed as a vector control intervention. WHO/GMP, therefore, recommends full coverage of all people at risk of malaria in areas targeted for malaria prevention with LLINs.
Where young children and pregnant women are the most vulnerable groups, their protection is the immediate priority while progress is made towards achieving full coverage. In areas of low transmission, where all age-groups are vulnerable, national programs should establish priorities on the basis of the geographical distribution of the malaria burden.
The host country, Belize was chosen for its significant gains achieved over the last 5 years in combating malaria. Although Belize is surrounded by countries with high number of malaria cases, the malaria program in Belize has succeeded in keeping the number cases low. It decreased from 256 in 2009 to 150 in 2010.
9 countries: Argentina, Belize, Ecuador. El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Suriname experienced a decrease in the number of malaria cases of more than 50%, associated with intense malaria activity.
For more information please contact:
Mr. Jose Perez
Dr. Jose Marenco
Ministry of Health
4792 Coney Drive, 3rd Floor, Withfield Tower, Belize City, Belize