Malaria Day in the Americas: Together We Can Defeat Malaria
Malaria Zero has one bold goal: to eliminate malaria from the island of Hispaniola, which includes Haiti and the Dominican Republic, by 2020. Hispaniola is the only island in the Caribbean where malaria is still endemic. Partners include the CDC Foundation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ministry of Public Health and Population of Haiti, the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance of the Dominican Republic, the Pan American Health Organization, The Carter Center, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
These experts have united to achieve a major milestone in global health—a malaria-free zone across the Caribbean in just a few years’ time. Working collectively with governments and organizations in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Malaria Zero will implement an evidence-based plan to eliminate malaria by 2020 and contribute to knowledge that will support global malaria eradication.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has generously provided $29.9 million in initial funding to Malaria Zero; however, up to $70 million more is needed to achieve elimination on Hispaniola by 2020.
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“Elimination of malaria transmission in Haiti, coupled with eliminating the few remaining cases in the Dominican Republic, will create a malaria-free zone across the Caribbean. This will be an historic public health milestone for the Western Hemisphere, and will greatly reduce the risk of reintroduction of malaria to nearby countries where it’s already been eliminated.”
Larry Slutsker, M.D., M.P.H.
Former Director of CDC's Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria