Argentina’s journey to becoming malaria-free

Has the boy ever had chucho?" asked Felipe Sanchez, a health worker in Salvador Mazza, Salta, to a boy’s mother who lay sick in her arms one day in 1987. The boy’s mother told Sanchez that she had taken her son to several hospitals, but that the fever had persisted. Even though he had only been working as a health worker for a short time, Sanchez recognized the symptoms. The local outbreak of malaria that year had “been impressive,” he recalled. The child tested positive and the health worker provided the medicine necessary to begin treatment.

— Salta/Jujuy, Argentina. 20 May 2019 —