Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
Report on the situation of malaria programs in the Americas (1998). Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2000, vol.8, n.5, pp. 363-367. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892000001000014.
This report analyzes the current situation of malaria programs in the Americas from the perspective of the Global Malaria Control Strategy, which was adopted in Amsterdam in 1992. After describing the current situation with the disease in the Americas, the report analyzes the principal epidemiological changes and the resistance to antimalarials, as well as the major problems and limitations of the disease control programs, and possible solutions. The report also discusses the activities carried out within the context of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) initiative, which was adopted in 1998 by the World Health Organization. The fundamental components of that RBM effort are structured interventions, the integration of resources, an antimalarials policy, a strong referral system for diagnosis and treatment, resource networks, and programs to control malaria transmission.