(Haiti Libre) - 27/02/2015 11:09:45
The Haiti Malaria Elimination Consortium (HaMEC), announced by the CDC Foundation Wednesday, 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."