The PAHO-USAID partnership against malaria has been ongoing for almost 20 years. and USAID’s malaria funding investments in the Region of the Americas have increased significantly since the beginning of the collaboration.
Together, USAID and PAHO have collaborated to develop and help countries to adopt the most efficient approaches to respond to evolving challenges in malaria control and elimination. Two key factors that have led to a successful partnership are (1) working together to understand the complexities and on-the-ground realities in the region, and (2) being open to new, innovative approaches.
When this partnership originally launched, it focused on creating measures to guide antimalarial drug policies as well as pioneering malaria elimination strategies and building and strengthening health networks across the region. Since then, USAID and PAHO’s interventions continue to achieve results, despite ever-changing scenarios. Through this partnership, both USAID and PAHO remain committed to helping malaria-endemic countries in the Americas reach their goal of eliminating the disease by 2030.
This USAID collaboration with PAHO has also had catalytic effects with Global Fund projects in many of the endemic countries and more recently with the generation of approaches and instruments incorporated by the Regional Malaria Elimination Initiative in Central America (RMEI).