Last week, the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign convened experts and leaders on Capitol Hill for a briefing on the fight to eliminate malaria in the important, but sometimes-overlooked, region of Latin America and the Caribbean.Read Article
Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) certified Paraguay as free of malaria – the first country in the Americas to accomplish this milestone in 45 years. This certification is granted when a country has recorded zero malaria cases transmitted in-country for the past three consecutive years.
This historic moment signals that progress in ending this disease – which still claims the life of a child every two minutes – is possible. This was further highlighted today in the release of WHO’s Elimination 2020 (E2020) report, which found an additional 10 of the 21 countries identified are on track for elimination by 2020.Read Article
2018 is going to be a BIG year. In fact, it’s shaping up to be one of our most impactful years yet.
But before we forge ahead, first I want to take a moment to pause and reflect. We wouldn’t be able to help protect so many people from deadly mosquitoes without support from our Nothing But Nets community.Read Article
“The collaborative effort of Haiti and the Dominican Republic to eliminate not one, but two mosquito-borne diseases from their shared island shows that improving public health transcends cultural differences, even in historically and politically sensitive situations,” said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, whose Carter Center in 2008 helped launch the binational effort to eliminate malaria and lymphatic filariasis, a disfiguring neglected tropical disease. “Continued hard work, political commitment, and support from the international community are critical to wiping out these diseases of poverty once and for all.”Read Article
The Nothing But Nets team recently traveled to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which together comprise the island of Hispaniola – the last island in the Caribbean with ongoing malaria transmission. This trip provided an opportunity to see the incredible work being done on the ground by the National Malaria Control Programs in these two countries, with the support of our partners at the United Nations and in the U.S. Government.Read Article
Next week, the Nothing But Nets team is traveling to the island of Hispaniola—composed of Haiti and the Dominican Republic—to spotlight the efforts of UN and U.S. partners in the fight to eliminate malaria from these countries and from the broader region of the Americas.Read Article
Last week, the CDC released a statement announcing that the number of malaria cases in the U.S. reached a 40-year high in 2011. Nearly 2,000 people were diagnosed with malaria - a 14 percent increase since 2010.Read Article