Collaborative initiative funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focuses on ending indigenous cases of malaria in Haiti

Washington, D.C., 25 February 2015 (PAHO/WHO) — The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has joined a collaborative effort led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that seeks to eliminate indigenous cases of malaria on the island of Hispaniola by 2020.

The Haiti Malaria Elimination Consortium (HaMEC), announced by the CDC Foundation today, will accelerate malaria elimination efforts beginning with a $29.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Hispaniola, which includes the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, is the only remaining island in the Caribbean where malaria is endemic. In Haiti, where the majority of Hispaniola's malaria cases occur, there were more than 20,000 confirmed cases in 2013.

"We laud this expression of solidarity with efforts to eliminate malaria from the only two countries in the Caribbean where transmission still exists," said Keith Carter, PAHO/WHO senior advisor on malaria and other communicable diseases. "We are heartened that the project can also catalyze elimination of lymphatic filariasis, another vector-borne disease, from the island."

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