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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2022. 11:24 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Guatemala could eliminate Malaria by 2025 with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Relief Web reports.

The IDB has approved a $4 million grant to help Guatemala eliminate malaria by 2025 and sustainably prevent its reintroduction. The funding is from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria

The fund will be used to implement a malaria diagnosis, treatment, research, and response strategy that includes active epidemiological surveillance; stronger integrated vector management; and work to enhance the financial, administrative, and technical sustainability of the Ministry of Health’s efforts to eliminate malaria.

Malaria cases have dropped by 90% over the last 2 decades and El Salvador was certified as malaria-free in 2021, and Belize expects to achieve the same certification by the end of this year.

Guatemala has received support from the IDB in grants and programs in joint efforts that align with the priorities of the IDB’s Vision 2025 “Reinvest in the Americas,” a plan to promote recovery, economic growth, and social progress in the region.

Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that in 2020, there were an estimated 241 million cases of malaria worldwide.

Since 2015, 9 countries have been certified by the WHO Director-General as malaria-free.

 

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