Regional Strategic Plan for Malaria in the Americas, 2006–2010
Morbidity Trend, 2000–2015
Status, end 2005
RAVREDA-AMI Amazon Network
PAHO Malaria Page
World Malaria Report, 2005
WHO Global Malaria Programme
Roll Back Malaria Global Partnership
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Theme: Making a difference for the Americas through advocacy and effective partnerships against malaria
Slogan: Be part of the solution in the Americas! Join the global fight against malaria!
Objectives of a Year-Round Aggressive Campaign
- Improve the communication process and extension of advocacy work to all stakeholders and target audiences.
- Enhance visibility/interest on Malaria in the Region of Americas and the global scourge that the disease brings to peoples of the world.
- Increase awareness and understanding of the key issues among target audience/population.
- Catalyze change of attitudes and modification of behaviors.
- Generate advocacy/support from the public, policy makers, clients and strategic partners.
- Encourage increased and enduring support to efforts against malaria.
Over-Arching Message: Malaria is closer to home than you think …
- Approximately 1 million cases are reported annually in the Americas.
- 1 out of 3 people is at risk of being infected.
- Malaria transmission occurs in 21 countries in the Region.
- Imported cases are reported in other countries which can cause transmission if not managed appropriately.
- Transmission occurs when a person gets bitten by an Anopheles mosquito that carries the malaria parasite.
- Outbreaks and epidemics occur in the presence of the malaria parasite, Anopheles mosquito, and conditions favorable for spread of the disease.
- Everyone is vulnerable and pregnant women, children, and persons living with HIV/AIDS are at higher risk.
- In the Americas, travelers, miners, loggers, banana and sugarcane plantation workers, indigenous groups, populations in areas of armed and/or social conflict, and people along areas of common epidemiologic interest / border areas are also susceptible to the disease.
- Approximately 55% to 64% of cases are among people in their most-economically productive years of life.
- Malaria-related illness and deaths constitute great burden to the economy of the Americas in terms of overall cost.
Malaria is a preventable and treatable infectious disease and each one can do something concrete and significant …
Spare millions from the scourge of this disease …
Be an advocate and partner: act now in your own home, neighborhood, and community …
- Learn about the disease and know if you are at risk.
- Use recommended prevention methods such as long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLNs) if living or travelling to areas at risk.
- Seek prompt and accurate diagnosis from the nearest health post if you think you have the infection.
- Follow the recommended treatment scheme strictly.
- Share this message with your family and friends and support the cause to stop malaria.