ARGENTINA HAS BEEN CERTIFIED MALARIA-FREE!
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Argentina is joining the ranks of countries certified malaria-free. Argentina is now the 2nd country in the Americas to have achieved this status since 1973. The World Health Organization awarded certification on May 22 at a ceremony during the World Health Assembly.
- Paraguay celebrated last year as the first to be certified in the Americas after Cuba in 1973.
- These recent certifications mean that the malaria map keeps shrinking. The number of malaria-free countries (106) outnumbering malaria endemic countries (88) is growing.
- Argentina and Algeria are the 36th and 37th countries to achieve certification. Another 69 countries do not have malaria.
- Between 2015 and 2018, a diverse set of four more countries were certified malaria-free: Maldives in 2015, Sri Lanka in 2016, and Uzbekistan and Paraguay in 2018.
Countries achieving malaria-free certification benefit from stronger health systems, freeing up of resources to address other health and development priorities, and greater economic gains.
- Achieving zero malaria cases frees up resources for countries to focus on other health and development challenges, improving the country’s bottom line.
- A critical success factor for certification is maintaining strong surveillance systems and cross-border collaboration, which helps protect against the spread of other infectious diseases.
- Without malaria, a country’s citizens are healthier, increasing children’s ability to go to school and reach their full potential, and parents’ productivity, ultimately impacting the country’s economy.
- Countries without malaria open the door to new investment by private sector companies that don’t have to consider the impact of malaria on employee productivity.
Argentina’s achievements prove that with persistent country leadership and dedicated resources, malaria elimination is possible. Their success offers inspiration and important lessons for other countries to follow. Key success factors include:
- Universal health care: both countries provided free diagnosis and treatment within their borders, ensuring no one was left behind in getting the services they needed to prevent, detect and cure the disease.
- Effective cross-border collaboration: to reduce transmission in border areas and rapidly respond to outbreaks that crossed international boundaries.
- Strong surveillance systems: improved surveillance allowed for every last case of malaria to be rapidly identified and treated.
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 in the Americas to be certified malaria-free after Paraguay (2018). El Salvador, Belize, Costa Rica, Suriname, Mexico, and Ecuador are following this path and are close behind.
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