Haiti Must Sustain Efforts To Prevent, Treat Malaria, COVID-19, Protect Frontline Health Workers, Says Opinion Piece
Miami Herald: Haiti has cut malaria cases in half. Its successful efforts must continue | Opinion
Marie Greta Roy Clement, minister of health to the Ministry of Public Health and Population in Haiti
“…Alarming recent research shows that pausing malaria prevention efforts in developing nations such as Haiti during COVID-19 will have deadly consequences. The fights against COVID-19 and malaria are one and the same. … [S]uccesses in the fight against malaria [have] given Haiti unprecedented opportunity to apply lessons learned to battling COVID-19, thanks to our heroic community health workers on the front lines. They sacrifice to ensure that their communities are safe and understand the dangers of deadly, preventable diseases. It is crucial to [sustain] efforts to test, trace, and treat those with malaria and COVID-19 while protecting front-line health workers. Haiti’s health officials and partners, with the support of the Global Fund, have adapted outreach measures to protect from COVID-19 those delivering and receiving malaria interventions. We must leave no one behind; everyone’s safety depends on it” (11/2).
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