|Regional Strategic Plan for Malaria in the Americas 2006–2010|
Foreword by Dr. Keith Carter, PAHO Regional Advisor on Malaria
There have been many challenges in the development and consolidation of this Regional Strategic Plan for Malaria which focuses on the 2006–2010 period. It takes into account the need for continuous efforts to achieve specific goals as well as the reduction of the burden on human health and the negative social and economic effects of the disease among the most affected population groups. Nevertheless, there is consensus that
Strategies must be of optimum relevance to the realities of the malaria situation in the region and among its member territories.
Despite numerous impediments, the task is successfully completed through the selfless contribution of various partners and colleagues in the region. This document provides a synthesis of what PAHO commits itself to focus on in the next five years and beyond; and a framework for countries and other stakeholders to consider in their work to combat malaria in the endemic areas as well as to prevent its reintroduction in countries where it has been eliminated.
As valuable as it may seem, it must be emphasized that only one part of the task is accomplished. Of equal importance, if not more, is the second part of the challenge—the need for an unwavering resolve to implement the plan.
The hemisphere can only become malaria-free when persons at risk have access to malaria diagnosis, appropriate treatment, interventions to prevent malaria transmission, and sufficient health service coverage. These conditions can only be achieved if strategies are coupled with concrete actions and an enduring commitment.
Together with all PAHO member states, we will scale up in our mission to combat and triumph over malaria.
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