Agencies from Suriname, Brazil, and Colombia were honored as "Malaria Champions of the Americas" during a celebration today, 4 November, of the fourth annual Malaria Day in the Americas, at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, D.C.


Expertos participantes en la reuniónUn grupo de expertos en la vigilancia y tratamiento de la malaria trabajan en la ciudad de Panamá en la elaboración de una guía de orientación para el monitoreo de la resistencia a los medicamentos antimaláricos en situaciones de baja transmisión.


(San José, Costa Rica, 7—10 November 2005)

    Representatives from 21 endemic countries of the Americas attended this major regional meeting, along with representatives from the PAHO Regional Program on Malaria and Communicable Disease Unit and the WHO Roll Back Malaria Global Partnership.


    Efforts of countries and key stakeholders in the battle against malaria have contributed to a 53 percent reduction in the disease burden in the Americas since 2000. Yet more than 200 million people continue to be at risk of contracting the disease, and the achievement of targets are threatened by natural disasters and continuing social problems in various communities.


    Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis Department
    Neglected, Tropical and Vector Borne Diseases Unit
    Malaria Program
    www.paho.org/malaria