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Regional Strategic Plan for Malaria in the Americas 2006–2010

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Malaria is one of the diseases that continues to cause significant harm to public health and human productivity in many parts of the world including the Americas. Despite many medical breakthroughs and advances in the past few decades, the disease persists to afflict an estimated 350 to 500 million people worldwide annually. While only about a million of these cases are reported from the Americas, the real tragedy of the situation is that the disease is preventable and that treatment is available. Consistent with the Pan American Sanitary Bureau’s (PASB) values, vision, and mission; and the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) fundamental purpose, we take the lead in coordinating the efforts to combat malaria in the Americas.

The development of the 2006 – 2010 Regional Strategic Plan for Malaria in the Americas is an important step for communicable disease work in the region. While it specifically focuses on malaria, this document effectively demonstrates the general thrust of the Pan American Health Organization of advocating inter-sectoral and inter-programmatic collaborations. The plan provides a comprehensive analysis of the regional, sub-regional, and national situations; takes into serious account the strengths and weaknesses of existing institutions; and offers concrete and realistic solutions.

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