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Malaria in the Americas

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Emile Dawisha
November 6, 2022
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Malaria Day in the Americas: In the western hemisphere, 25 municipalities represent malaria’s last stronghold

Today is Malaria Day in the Americas, an opportunity to highlight efforts across Latin America and the Caribbean to control and ultimately eliminate malaria. Countries across the region have made remarkable progress this century, reducing malaria cases by 58% (from 1.5 million in 2000 to 0.65 million in 2020). Argentina, Paraguay, and El Salvador have … Continued

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Emile Dawisha
November 3, 2022
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Champion of Malaria Elimination in Belize – Part 5: Gabriel Edward Junior

Gabriel Edwards Jr is the vector control supervisor in Belize’s Toledo district, often described as the country’s last frontier. Located along Belize’s southern border with Guatemala, the district is home to 1,700 square miles of pristine rainforest and a thriving agriculture industry. Vector control is a vital service in Toledo, where the long rainy seasons … Continued

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Emile Dawisha
November 2, 2022
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Champions of Malaria Elimination in Belize – Part 4: Dr. Melissa Diaz

Dr. Melissa Diaz, Belize’s Director of Public Health and Wellness, has seen the evolution of Belize’s malaria fight over the past 30+ years.  “In the late eighties, we had malaria in the thousands, up to the mid-nineties,” Dr. Diaz said. “It has been a constant decrease from the late-nineties up to now. … It is … Continued

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Emile Dawisha
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Champions of Malaria Elimination in Belize – Part 3: Olympia Ramclam

Olympia Ramclam has been a microscopist in Belize since 1990 and has detected thousands of malaria cases over the years. She’s seen the steady improvement of malaria control and elimination in her country – “from one thousand plus cases, in early 2000, to zero cases at present.” “I started working in 1990, and can recall … Continued

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Emile Dawisha
October 27, 2022
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Champions of Malaria Elimination in Belize – Part 2: Orlando Chan

Orlando Chan, 63, joined Belize’s vector control program when he was 18. “There were a lot of people suffering from malaria at the time, they were recruiting for the program, and also [I was] looking for something meaningful to do in my life. I joined the team as an environmental assistant. Later on, I became an … Continued

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Emile Dawisha
October 26, 2022
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Champions of Malaria Elimination in Belize – Part I: Marlene Álvarez

Marlene Álvarez is a 46-year-old community health worker from Trio Village, a Mayan community in southern Belize. For the past 13 years, Marlene has collaborated with the Belize government to lead malaria and dengue fever elimination efforts in her community. Marlene’s family, originally from Guatemala, took asylum in Belize when she was 8 years old. … Continued

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Emile Dawisha
October 21, 2022
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Malaria-free for three years, Belize is winning the fight against a once-widespread disease

Famous for its barrier reef, rainforests, and vibrant ethnic diversity, Belize may soon earn a new distinction: The Central American country is close to receiving its malaria-free certification from the World Health Organization (WHO). It’s been three years since Belize last reported a nonimported case of malaria, a disease that was once endemic throughout the … Continued

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Miska Salemann,  United to Beat Malaria
November 3, 2021
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As Haiti reels from converging crises, health workers continue the fight to end malaria

The last year has presented Haiti with immense challenges, from a devastating earthquake to ongoing political turmoil to the COVID-19 pandemic. These events have created more hurdles in the country’s fight to achieve a major global health milestone: malaria elimination. Nothing But Nets has supported malaria elimination efforts in Haiti for the past five years. … Continued

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United to Beat Malaria
February 25, 2021
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UN Foundation Joins Nothing But Nets to Congratulate El Salvador on Malaria-Free Declaration, Call for Renewed Efforts to Combat Malaria in the Americas

Washington, D.C. – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that El Salvador has been certified as malaria-free. “Today is a momentous day in the global fight against malaria,” said Nothing But Nets campaign Executive Director Margaret Reilly McDonnell in response to the news. “El Salvador’s hard-fought journey to achieve malaria elimination is a model … Continued

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Patty Sanchez Bao
October 22, 2020
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Voices from the Frontlines: Elcise

Did you know Haiti is one of the last countries in the Caribbean where malaria regularly occurs? The Haitian government and its partners have worked hard to decrease malaria cases by more than 50% over the past ten years. But despite this tremendous progress, there’s still work to be done; especially for mothers like Elcise. Elcise … Continued

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