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Malaria Day in the Americas: 6 November 2008

New! Country Events

Bolivia, 6 November

  • Guyararaguzú (Guayaramerin), Santa María (Riberalta), Naranjal (Pando): Development & distribution of educational almanacs on the proper use of LLINs in localities identified as using them, sponsored by the National Malaria Program.
  • La Paz: Techno-scientific meeting on the evolution of malaria in Bolivia and future challenges, sponsored by PAHO-Bolivia.
  • Riberalta, Guayaramerin, Cobija: Educational fairs in schools and military barracks in malaria-endemic areas, developed and sponored by the respective Regional Malaria Programs.

Guyana: Region 7 Cuyuni/Mazaruni, 6 November

  • For health personnel,teachers/students working with malaria, & police/miners: March & motorcade at 8 am on 1st & 2nd Ave., starting at Cenotaph; official launch at Bartica Hospital Compound; booths distributing flyers, nets, & aerosol; taking smears.
  • For Environmental Health officers: Environmental booth.
  • For officers of the Food Policy Division: Activities on nutrition.

Honduras: Information on Malaria & Celebration Materials from 6 November

  • Poster, Banner, Program, Conference Proceedings

Paraguay, 6 November

  • At SENEPA, 11 am, two talks on malaria followed by a press conference and a toast with the media.


  • Colegio Médico del Perú (Peruvian Professional Medical Association), 6 November, 7 pm at their Convention Center, by invitation with chosen panelists: Debate panel on current status of malaria in Peru, with participation of distinguished academics, health professionals, & Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI) partners' representatives. | Agenda (in Spanish)
    (1) Climate Change & Malaria
    (2) Borders and Health Diplomacy
    (3) Lessons learned and Future Needs
  • Congress of Peru, onsite 7 November, 3 pm, with chosen panelists, by invitation from the Ministry of Health in collaboration with PAHO-Peru: Debate panel on current status of malaria in Peru with participation of distinguished academics, health professionals, and AMI partners' representatives. | Program (in Spanish)

Venezuela: coverage (interview by Spanish news agency EFE with Dr. Keith Carter, PAHO Regional Advisor on Malaria; in Spanish)

Other Materials on Malaria in the Americas

Regional Strategic Plan for Malaria

Regional Strategic Plan for Malaria in the Americas, 2006–2010

Statistical Data
- Country Data, 2000–2007
- Morbidity Trend, 2000–2015
- Cases & Deaths, 1998–2006
- Status, 1994–2007

Malaria Data:
- Morbidity Trend, 2000–2015
- Status, end 2005


RAVREDA-AMI Amazon Network


PAHO Malaria Page

Malaria World Report, 2005

World Malaria Report 2008


WHO Global Malaria Programme

Roll Back Malaria

Roll Back Malaria Global Partnership


The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Stop malaria!

Malaria Day in the Americas 2008
Theme/Slogan for Malaria Day in the Americas: United Against Malaria—
Overcoming the challenges of a borderless disease

Malaria Day 2008 Poster

Objectives of a Year-Round Aggressive Campaign

  • Improve the communication process and extension of advocacy work to all stakeholders and target audiences.
  • Enhance visibility/interest on Malaria in the Region of Americas and the global scourge that the disease brings to peoples of the world.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of the key issues among target audience/population.
  • Catalyze change of attitudes and modification of behaviors.
  • Generate advocacy/support from the public, policy-makers, clients, and strategic partners.
  • Encourage increased and enduring support to efforts against malaria.

Over-Arching Message: Malaria is a global burden calling for a global solution through local efforts…

  • Nearly 142 million people or 16% of the population of the Americas is among those who are at risk and 40 million of them are at moderate to high risk.
  • Approximately 1 million people contract malaria annually in the Americas.
  • Malaria continues to be a major public health problem in 21 countries in the Region.
  • Malaria transmission-free countries in the Region also continue to be at risk of outbreaks and re-introduction of local transmission.
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  • Everyone is vulnerable and pregnant women, children, and persons living with HIV/AIDS are at higher risk.
  • Without appropriate preventive, diagnostic and treatment measures, visitors and travelers are among the vulnerable groups for malaria infection.
  • In the Americas, miners, loggers, banana and sugarcane plantation workers, indigenous groups, populations in areas of armed and/or social conflict, and people along areas of common epidemiologic interest / border areas are also susceptible to the disease.
  • Climate change will likely increase the spread of the disease to new areas.
  • Malaria breeds poverty and underdevelopment in vast regions of the world, including the Americas, thus contributing to issues of global concern such as illegal migration and security.

Universal access to and use of good-quality interventions is important to achieve global goals and national targets …

  • Essential supplies for malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment must reach communities timely and must be used appropriately by people at risk.
  • Diagnosis and treatment guidelines must be followed strictly by health providers and patients.
  • Governments, corporations, international institutions, foundations, and non-governmental organizations need to unite for an aggressive scale-up of malaria control.

Investing in malaria pays off …

  • Treating malaria reduces death, disease, and poverty.
  • Controlling malaria worldwide will avert more than 1 million deaths per year.
  • Malaria control reduces burden of other diseases.
  • Limiting the spread of malaria improves communities' health and productivity, thus helping them help themselves.

2008 is a year of opportunity for the malaria community …

  • Broad international support is essential to achieve the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) targets in 2010 and the United Nations Millennium Development Goal (UN MDG) on malaria in 2015.
  • Partners in the fight against malaria are multiplying efforts to reach global and national targets of making malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment available to all people at risk of contracting the disease.
  • Countries with continuing malaria challenges are stepping up in-country, regional, and international cooperation to secure funds for malaria control initiative through Rounds 8 and 9 of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM). These funds represent a last chance for countries to achieve global goals and national targets.
  • More funding is needed to maintain and scale up the good results of endemic countries and prevent reintroduction in areas where transmission has been previously eliminated.
  • Success stories from the Region demonstrate that malaria can be reduced drastically. Four key factors account for this progress:
    • Increasing commitment of governments to fight the disease.
    • Effective technical assistance by international organizations.
    • Improved coordination at all levels: international, regional, national, local.
    • Increased funding.

Success stories in the Americas (between 2000 and 2007) include:

  • 32% reduction of malaria cases in the Region.
  • Approximately 39% reduction in malaria mortality.
  • 5 countries with >75% reduction in annual malaria cases, which indicates achievement of malaria UN MDG for 2015.
  • 6 countries with 50% to <75% reduction in annual malaria cases, which indicates achievement of RBM targets for 2010.
  • 5 countries with <50% decrease in annual malaria cases indicating stronger malaria control status.
  • At least 4 countries are currently on pre-elimination status.

Malaria Day in the Americas 2008