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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF), and the George Washington Center for Global Health (GWU-CGH) are very pleased to announce this year’s top finalists for the 2011 Malaria Champions of the Americas:

Recognition for the top winner and finalists will be conferred during the Regional Commemoration of Malaria Day in the Americas on November 8, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at PAHO Headquarters in Washington DC. The event will include the premiere of short films that showcase the work of the finalists; is open to the general public; and will be joined by representatives from the diplomatic corps and various malaria stakeholders. Read the PDF document.

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BRAZIL: Programa Estadual de Controle da Malaria do Acre
SUSAM Brazil

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HONDURAS: Wampusirpi en lucha contra la malaria - Manejo integral de la malaria en un municipio de alto riesgo en el Departamento de Gracias a Dios

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NICARAGUA: Programa vigilancia comunitaria de la malaria mediante sitios centinela

In response to a major malaria epidemic in 2006, the state of Acre sought assistance from the National Malaria Control to integrate programs to include malaria in order to improve standard health care. This was accomplished by developing a local strategy of social mobilization and health education in various municipalities, increasing the usage of rapid tests in areas that are difficult to access, ensuring systematic supervision of diagnosis and surveillance services, carrying out vector control strategies through the rational use of insecticides, and others. 

Wampusirpi is located in the department of Gracias a Dios, which is in the department with the highest incidence of malaria in the country as well as Central America. It is reported that almost 88% of Plasmodium falciparum cases reported in Central America in 2008 were from this department. There are many indigenous people in the municipality and even though Spanish is the dominant language, Miskito is also widely-spoken. The municipality is difficult to access, has virtually no infrastructure, experiences frequent flooding, and is surrounded by tropical forest on all sides, all of which contributes to the difficulties of controlling malaria.

At selected sentinel sites where malaria has been reported during the previous three years, systematic surveys are developed by the Network of Community Volunteers and Partners and health teams to assess local disease transmission with emphasis placed on the attitudes and behaviors of the community as it relates to malaria control. Data was obtained which examined the use of bed nets and measured pre-existing knowledge about malaria with a focus on pregnant women, mothers, and children under the age of five.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2011 11:19

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