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Washington, DC, April 25, 2011 (PAHO) — On the occasion of World Malaria Day, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF), and the George Washington University Center for Global Health (CGH) today launched this year’s search for the “2011 Malaria Champions of the Americas.”

Currently in its third year, the annual award honors innovative efforts that have significantly contributed to overcoming the challenges of malaria in communities, countries, or the Region of the Americas as a whole.

Ideal candidates for the award should have demonstrated achievements in capacity building, technical expertise and innovation, collaboration, leadership and impact, with a focus on one or more of the following areas: gender, ethnicity, human rights, health promotion, primary health care, and social protection, and /or the creation of synergies with prevention and control efforts targeting other health problems.

Winners of the 2011 Malaria Champion of the Americas award will receive:

  • The opportunity to participate in three PAHO capacity-building trainings for malaria prevention and control
  • A US$2,500 cash award for malaria-related capacity-building efforts (e.g., staff training/education, research, project proposal development, or other activities that enhance skills and abilities to achieve goals and targets) 
  • A commemorative plaque 
  • The opportunity to be featured in various communication platforms of PAHO, PAHEF, and GWU-CGH as a “best practice” story on malaria.  
Nominations for the 2011 Malaria Champions of the Americas will be accepted from 25 April 2011 to 24 June 2011. Full details and nomination forms can be downloaded from www.paho.org/malaria2011.

Recognition will be conferred to top winners during the commemoration of Malaria Day in the Americas in November.

Previous top awardees include the National Malaria Board of Suriname, recognized in 2010 for outstanding achievement in reducing Suriname’s malaria burden through strengthened partnerships, community mobilization, and implementing a comprehensive program of surveillance, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment that extends to border areas and mobile populations. In 2009, 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 were accorded the top honors for outstanding contributions to the prevention and control of malaria in the country through an innovative partnership targeting vulnerable populations. The program included training of community leaders and health workers, educational information dissemination, and consolidation and strengthening of the capacity of the country to overcome the challenges of malaria. Other honorees include Malaria Champions from Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.

PAHO, founded in 1902, works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of their peoples. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) is a US nonprofit organization located in Washington DC. Founded in 1968, the foundation is dedicated to building public health expertise in the Americas to innovatively lead development of healthier generations by partnering with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the private sector, and major public health research, policy, and development groups.

The George Washington Center for Global Health carries out innovative research and scholarly service activities to meet the evolving challenges of the 21st century global health and development environment. Working with a diverse group of partners, the Center aims to strengthen the link between science and policy and to improve responses to critical health issues around the world.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 April 2011 02:40


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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