WHO Declares Paraguay Free Of Malaria; First Country In Americas To Gain Certification In 45 Years

Devex: Paraguay is officially malaria free
“On Monday, the World Health Organization certified Paraguay as malaria free. Paraguay, which has had no reported cases of indigenous malaria since 2012, is the first country in the Americas to be granted this status in 45 years…” (Cheney, 6/11).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Paraguay declared malaria free amid concerns the disease rising again
“…While significant progress has been made over the past 20 years in reducing malaria cases and deaths, in 2016, for the first time in a decade, the number of malaria cases rose and in some areas there was a resurgence, the WHO said…” (Taylor, 6/11).

U.N. News: Paraguay’s elimination of malaria ‘shows what is possible’ — U.N. health agency
“…[World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus] urged continued vigilance against the disease, noting that success in Paraguay ‘shows what is possible.’ ‘It gives us hope that if malaria can be eliminated in one country, it can be eliminated in all countries’…” (6/11).

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