Cross-border collaboration and a strong focus on disease surveillance have allowed Argentina to promptly detect malaria cases and prevent transmission.
The successful collaboration between Argentina and Bolivia has significantly contributed to this achievement and is an example for the region.
Argentina is the second country to be certified in the Americas in the last 45 years (after Paraguay) and the 9th country to be certified in the region since 1962. El Salvador, Belize, Costa Rica, Suriname, Mexico, and Ecuador are following this path and are close behind.
Algeria’s subsequent success in beating the disease can be attributed primarily to a well-trained health workforce, the provision of malaria diagnosis and treatment through universal health care, and a rapid response to disease outbreaks. Together, these factors enabled the country to reach – and maintain – zero malaria cases.
“Algeria is where the malaria parasite was first discovered in humans almost a century and a half ago, and that was a significant milestone in responding to the disease,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti WHO Regional Director for Africa.
“Now Algeria has shown the rest of Africa that malaria can be beaten through country leadership, bold action, sound investment and science. The rest of the continent can learn from this experience.”