Applying innovative approaches to reach high-risk groups
WINNER – SURINAME: NATIONAL MALARIA BOARD
In 1995 the Government of Suriname established the National Malaria Board (NMB), an advisory body consisting of representatives of key stakeholders with executive power. Having achieved nearly a 90% decrease in the incidence of malaria through the procurement of special funding, the National Malaria Board aimed to further diminish and eventually eliminate malaria from Suriname.
TOP FINALIST – BRAZIL: FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH SURVEILLANCE OF THE AMAZON – SUSAM
To respond to the increasing cases being reported, the State Government of Amazonas created the Multi year plan for the Prevention and Control of Malaria. Through a partnership with all levels of the Brazilian government, NGOs, and private companies, the Plan hopes to implement policies for the prevention and control of malaria in the Amazonas state by reducing the social and economic damages due to illness, minimizing the population’s exposure to risk factors, and expanding governance in the health sector over the control of malaria transmission.
TOP FINALIST – COLOMBIA: ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SECURITY OF THE CHOCÓ (DASALUD-CHOCÓ) DEPARTMENT OF CHOCÓ
In the last four years, DASALUD Chocó, with support from the Ministry of Social Protection (MPS) – National Health Institute (INS) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), reoriented and strengthened the program to prevent and control malaria, prioritizing municipalities and localities with the highest concentration of cases, complications and deaths.