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Initiative Name:
Strengthening control of emerging and re-emerging diseases with emphasis on malaria control in Jamaica
Initiative Status:
Completed and consolidating results
Adaptation, replication or scaling up of a previous initiative?
Modality of the initiative:
Disease Prevention and Control
Malaria, vector control, entomological monitoring and serveillance; control de vectores,

Geographic Identifiers

Countries Leading or Providing Technical Cooperation:
Countries Demanding Technical Cooperation:
Participating National Institutions, Organizations and/or Subregional Entities:
Cuba: Ministry of Health; Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute, Jamaica: Ministry of Health and Environment of Jamaica and its four Regional Health Authorities
Participating International and Multilateral Organizations:
Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization
Initiative Start Date:
March 2007
Initiative End Date:
December 2007

Initiative Cost/Budget and Sources of Funding

Initiative Total Cost/Budget: (in US$)
Percentage Contributed by 3rd party sources:
100% (PAHO/WHO)

Initiative Description

In 2007, after 45 years of eradication of malaria, Jamaica had an outbreak of Plasmodium falciparum. The outbreak highlighted the need for non-endemic countries like Jamaica to increase their capacity for surveillance, treatment of malaria as well as prevention and control of outbreaks which can occur after elimination.

Cuba is known not only for its excellence in medicine but also for its expertise in Tropical Medicine. Since the country has a substantial amount of experience in vector control, entomological monitoring and surveillance, the Ministry of Health, through its Foreign Relations Ministry, expressed its compromise to aid Jamaica in this particular arena so that they could build their capacity to control and prevent malaria outbreaks.

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Contact Information:

Name of Contact Person:

Jamaica Country Office of the Pan American Health Organization
PAHO/WHO Representation in Jamaica
P.O. Box 384, Cross Roads
Kingston 5, Jamaica