DR receives a “Malaria Champions of the Americas” award
Washington.– Three initiatives from Colombia, Brazil and the Dominican Republic were recognized on Nov. 6 as the 2013 “Malaria Champions of the Americas” for being model projects that integrate malaria interventions with solutions to other health problems.
The top Malaria Champion award for 2013 went to the Colombia Malaria Project, an initiative that involves multiple organizations and operates in 45 municipalities where 70% of Colombia’s malaria burden is concentrated.
The announcement of the three winning projects was made during the commemoration of Malaria Day in the Americas at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The National Center for Control of Tropical Diseases (CENCET) of the Dominican Republic was recognized for its innovative use of technology in addressing each malaria case individually, for its close collaboration with stakeholders and non-health sectors (tourism, agricultural, construction), and for integrated vector management that also contributes to dengue control and lymphatic filariasis elimination.
Between 2007 and 2012, the burden of malaria in the Dominican Republic declined by more than 78%. CENCET received a special citation for innovative cross-border efforts and linkages.
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