This year marks the 13th annual Malaria Day in the Americas!
Malaria Day in the Americas is an important opportunity and mechanism for countries of the Region to engage various stakeholders in aggressively fighting malaria.
Below you'll find key statistics, graphics, and social media language to share.
- Keep malaria high in the political agenda. On Malaria Day in the Americas 2019, PAHO/WHO is calling for expanded coverage of proven interventions that we know work – diagnosis, treatment, investigation, and response; and tools such as Long-lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (LLINs) and Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS).
- Mobilize additional resources. Between 2013 and 2017, over 750 million dollars were invested by national governments or more than two-thirds of total financing for malaria in the Region. However, domestic financing has steadily declined since 2015 and current levels are not sufficient to overcome challenges faced in the last mile to malaria elimination. Investments from the Global Fund, USAID, the Regional Malaria Elimination Initiative (RMEI), Malaria Zero and others are crucial additional resources for malaria elimination in the Americas and must be sustained to achieve subnational, national, regional, and global targets.
- Empower communities to take ownership of malaria prevention and elimination. In the Americas, most cases of malaria are concentrated in just a few municipalities. In 2018, for example, 25 municipalities accounted for more than 50% of all reported cases of malaria in the Region of the Americas. Organizations, citizens and local government authorities must be engaged in developing key interventions for malaria elimination at the municipality level if we are to ensure that no one gets left behind
- Be part of the solution; be an advocate for malaria elimination. Learn about the disease and know if you’re at risk. Use recommended prevention methods such as Long-lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (LLINs) if living or traveling to areas at risk, and seek prompt and accurate diagnosis from nearest health post or community health worker if you think you have malaria. Share these messages with your family and friends and support the cause to eliminate malaria.
- Elimination of local malaria transmission is operationally championed and accomplished at the level of communities by people working on the frontlines. We must act more decisively and locally to impact malaria in areas with the greatest burden.
- In June 2018, the World Health Organization certified that Paraguay had successfully eliminated malaria. Argentina achieved the same milestone in May 2019, and El Salvador has reported zero autochthonous malaria cases since 2017.
- Belize, Costa Rica, and Suriname had less than 100 autochthonous cases in 2018.
- Many other countries across the Region are scaling up their efforts to control and eliminate malaria with support from PAHO, USAID, non-profit partners and other global development institutions.
- In 2015, the Malaria Zero Alliance was launched with the bold goal of eliminating malaria from the island of Hispaniola, which includes Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
- Of the 15 non-endemic countries which are receptive and vulnerable to the disease, 10 have been updated regarding their risk and are in the process of reinforcing their capacities.
- Since 2009, 33 Malaria Champions of the Americas have been recognized as best practices in the Region: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Suriname.
- This year, the municipalities of São Gabriel da Cachoeira (Brazil), La Gomer (Guatemala), and Puerto Lempira (Honduras) are being honored as Malaria Champions for exemplifying that malaria can be successfully controlled and subsequently eliminated even in high burden municipalities.
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- On #MalariaDayAmericas, @pahowho calls to keep malaria high in the political agenda #malaria back on track. We need to expand access to core malaria-fighting tools to meet the 2030 global health targets. #EndMalaria
- Today is the 13th annual Malaria Day In the Americas! 132 million people in the Americas live at risk of this deadly – yet preventable – disease. Now is the time to stand together and increase our commitment to #endmalaria. #MalariaDayAmericas
- After years of success, progress against #malaria has stalled. Today is Malaria Day in the Americas, so let’s get back on track. We need: political commitment, financial resources, and new & improved tools. #Readytobeatmalaria
- Since 2009, 33 Malaria Champions of the Americas have been recognized. They have come from Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Suriname. The Americas are #readytobeatmalaria!
- Malaria Day in the Americas is an opportunity to take stock of progress & call for renewed commitment to fight this centuries-old disease. #ReadyToBeatMalaria #MalariaDayAmericas
- You can be part of the solution to #EndMalaria. Be an advocate for malaria elimination in the Americas and continue to ask for both local and global funding and support to end this disease! #MalariaDayAmericas
- The Americas are #readytobeatmalaria! We are celebrating #MalariaDayAmericas with the vision of a malaria-free Americas.
Municipalities for Zero Malaria was inspired by the need to act more locally and more decisively to impact malaria in areas with the greatest burden. This initiative aligns with WHO's Sustainable Development Goals, including its new, country-led approach to address malaria: “High Burden to High Impact”.
This year, the “Malaria Champions of the Americas” competition is honoring three communities that have worked tirelessly to diagnose, treat, and prevent malaria in their area.
This year's winners are São Gabriel da Cachoeira (Brazil), La Gomera (Guatemala), and Puerto Lempira (Honduras). Congratulations to these municipalities on this amazing accomplishment and for continuing to #StepUpTheFight against malaria. We hope you will share the good news using the social media language below.