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Malaria Day in the Americas: 6 November 2007

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Regional Strategic Plan for Malaria

Regional Strategic Plan for Malaria in the Americas, 2006–2010

Malaria Data:
Morbidity Trend, 2000–2015
Status, end 2005


RAVREDA-AMI Amazon Network

PAHO Malaria Page

Malaria World Report, 2005

World Malaria Report, 2005

WHO Global Malaria Programme

Roll Back Malaria

Roll Back Malaria Global Partnership

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Stop malaria!

Malaria Day in the Americas logo

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.
Malaria Day in the Americas poster

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.

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