Countries of the Americas Agree on Plan to Reduce Malaria, Prevent Reintroduction and Maintain Achievements

A strategy and plan of action to intensify efforts in reducing malaria, prevent its reintroduction, and protect current achievements was approved by the health authorities of the Member States of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), within the framework 51st Directing Council of the Organization.

In 2009, the Region reported a total of 564,451 confirmed cases of malaria and 118 deaths, representing a reduction of 54% and 69% respectively, compared with 2000. These results were brought about by a series of strategies and programs, such as the Regional Strategic Plan for Malaria in the Americas 2006-2010.

Another goal achieved was reducing the burden of malaria in 18 of the 21 countries of the Region where the disease is endemic. Nine of these countries reported reductions of more than 75%, thereby meeting the goals set by the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations.

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