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Washington, D.C., event highlights progress, continuing challenges

WASHINGTON, DC (April 2010) - Efforts of countries and key stakeholders in the battle against malaria have contributed to a 53 percent reduction in the disease burden in the Americas since 2000. Yet more than 200 million people continue to be at risk of contracting the disease, and the achievement of targets are threatened by natural disasters and continuing social problems in various communities.

The evolving challenges of this public health menace and innovative efforts to address them were presented at a forum "Malaria in the Americas 2010: Innovative Stories from the Ground" held in Washington, D.C., on April 22, in observance of World Malaria Day.

The event also featured the premiere of a short film that marked the official start of the search for Malaria Champion of the Americas 2010 (click here for more information). The film featured the 2009 Champions, the challenges they faced and their work to overcome those challenges.

The top-winning Champion for 2009 was a joint project between the National Service for Control of Arthropod-Transmitted Diseases (SNEM) in Ecuador's Ministry of Health and the Project for Malaria Control in Andean Border Areas (PAMAFRO) of the Andean Health Organization that led to a 66 percent reduction in malaria in the border areas of Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and Colombia. The second-place Champion, Dr. Mario H. Rodriguez López of Mexico's National Public Health Institute, is a leading scientist and researcher whose efforts on vector control and community have led to a large decrease in malaria in Mexico. The third Champion was the Health Division of the Foundation for Education and Social Development (Fundación FES Social) in Colombia, which countered malaria through information, education and communication activities and was instrumental in identifying chloroquine resistance in malaria parasite, prompting the country to change its treatment guidelines. For more information about the 2009 champions, click here.

Dr. Rainier Escalada, of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), focused on the progress on malaria control made by the countries of the region and emphasized the importance of maintaining support to further decrease the disease burden to the point of elimination (the presentation can be accessed here).

The April 22 event was presented jointly by PAHO, the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF), the George Washington University Center for Global Health, and the Global Health Network.
 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 May 2010 09:41


2014

PAHO/WHO honors 2014 ‘Malaria Champions of the Americas’ (11/07/2014)

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On the 8th annual Malaria Day in the Americas, Nov. 6, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is honoring three projects - from the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Honduras - for their achievements in preventing and controlling malaria and advancing toward its elimination.

Malaria in the Americas Forum 2014: Accelerating Malaria Elimination in the Americas (11/04/2014)

Malaria in the Americas Forum 2014: Accelerating Malaria Elimination in the Americas

In commemoration of Malaria Day in the Americas 2014 , the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO Foundation, Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, and Center for Communication Programs at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health invites you to this event on November 6, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  

Paraguay inicia el camino hacia la certificación de la eliminación del Paludismo (11/04/2014)

El Dr. Keith Karter, Asesor Regional de Malaria de la OPS/OMS Washington, visitó Paraguay a fin de apoyar en la preparación de los documentos necesarios para iniciar el proceso de certificación de eliminación de la trasmisión del Paludismo. Asimismo, el especialista colaboró en el desarrollo de un nuevo plan estratégico para evitar la reintroducción de la Malaria y sostener el estado de “libre de transmisión de Paludismo” en Paraguay.

As countries advance toward disease elimination, the need for sustained funding remains (10/01/2014)

“Malaria Champions of the Americas” extends deadline for nominating best practices on integrated efforts against vector-borne disease (06/25/2014)

"Malaria Champions of the Americas" seeks best practices on integrated efforts against vector-borne disease (04/25/2014)

"Small bites can be big threats," experts warn on World Health Day (04/06/2014)

Half the population of the Americas is at risk of diseases carried by small insects (04/04/2014)

Call to Action: “Step up the fight against vector-borne diseases in the Americas” (03/31/2014)

PAHO Director Message on World Health Day 2014 (03/18/2014)

2013

PAHO Director thanks international malaria partners at U.S. Capitol (12/12/2013)

Countries of the Americas have reduced malaria deaths by 70% since 2000, but 145 million people in the region remain at risk (12/11/2013)

Malaria is present in 21 countries in the Americas (12/11/2013)

Projects from Colombia, Brazil and the Dominican Republic are honored as "Malaria Champions of the Americas 2013" (11/07/2013)

PAHO to honor Malaria Champions of the Americas on 7th Annual Malaria Day in the Americas (11/04/2013)

Malaria in the Americas Forum 2013: Defeating Malaria in the Americas (10/22/2013)

“Malaria Champions of the Americas” contest receives nominations until July 5 (06/17/2013)

PAHO/WHO to support Guyana and Suriname in studies of resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) (05/10/2013)

“Malaria Champions of the Americas” contest seeks best practices that integrate other health solutions (04/25/2013)

World Malaria Report 2012 (01/10/2013)

2012

In the Americas, malaria cases have declined nearly 60% since 2000 (12/20/2012)

PAHO Honors 2012 Malaria Champions of the Americas (11/09/2012)

On 6th Annual Malaria Day in the Americas, PAHO Will Honor Malaria Champions of the Americas (11/05/2012)

2011

World Malaria Report 2011 (12/15/2011)

PAHO Honors Malaria Champions of the Americas 2011 (11/09/2011)

Países de las Américas acordaron plan para reducir la malaria, prevenir su reintroducción y mantener los logros (09/29/2011)

AMI/RAVREDA celebró 10 años de lucha contra la malaria en el Amazonas (09/15/2011)

Celebrating 10 Years of Collaboration: Looking into the Future Together (09/12/2011)

AMI+RAVREDA Celebrating Ten Years of Collaboration: Looking into the Future Together (09/03/2011)

“Malaria Champions of the Americas” Seeks Nominations of Integrated Approaches and Synergies in Efforts against Malaria (04/26/2011)

2010

News and Media Information about "Malaria Day in the Americas 2010" (11/12/2010)

Interview with Dr. Carter (PAHO) and Dr.Yeny Herrera (Peru) on WALO Radio (Puerto Rico) about the "Malaria Day in the Americas 2010" (11/12/2010)

PAHO Names "Malaria Champions of the Americas 2010" (11/04/2010)

PAHO Celebrates Fourth Annual “Malaria Day in the Americas," Recognizes “Malaria Champions" (10/29/2010)

Expertos en resistencia a los antimaláricos se reúnen en Panamá (07/14/2010)

World Malaria Day: Counting Malaria Out (04/28/2010)

Malaria Burden More than Halved in the Americas (04/22/2010)

2009

PAHO Honors "Malaria Champions of the Americas 2009" (10/25/2009)

PAHO, PAHEF, and The George Washington University launch the Malaria Champions of the Americas Award (06/16/2009)

PAHO, PAHEF, and The George Washington University launch the Malaria Champions of the Americas Award (06/16/2009)

2008

Malaria in the Americas: No Time to Ease Up (11/06/2008)

2005

Photos: Meeting of National Directors of Epidemiology and Malaria Programs (11/11/2005)

Meeting of National Directors of Epidemiology and Malaria Programs (11/11/2005)

Vth Meeting of the Surveillance Network for Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Amazon Countries (04/23/2005)

2004

Third Joint Meeting of the Networks for Surveillance of Emerging Infectious Diseases (03/01/2004)

2002

2nd Meeting of the Surveillance Network for Emerging Diseases in the Amazon and Southern Cone Regions (03/25/2002)

2nd Meeting of the Surveillance Network for Emerging Diseases in the Amazon and Southern Cone Regions (03/25/2002)

2nd Meeting of the Surveillance Network for Emerging Diseases in the Amazon and Southern Cone Regions (03/25/2002)

2nd Meeting of the Surveillance Network for Emerging Diseases in the Amazon and Southern Cone Regions (03/25/2002)

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