WHO certifies Paraguay malaria free

19 June 2018

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has certified Paraguay as having eliminated malaria, the first country in the Americas to be granted this status since Cuba in 1973. 

Paraguay was identified by the WHO as one of 21 countries with the potential to eliminate malaria by 2020 through a programme called the ‘E-2020 initiative’. In 2016 a three-year project to build Paraguay’s front-line health workers’ skills was launched. This strengthened the country’s capacity to prevent outbreaks and increased the promptness of treatment in those diagnosed.

In April 2018, the independent Malaria Elimination Certification Panel concluded that Paraguay had interrupted indigenous malaria transmission for the requisite three years and had the capacity to prevent the re-establishment of transmission. The Panel recommended the WHO Director-General certify the country malaria free.

Source: WHO, 11 June 2018