Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Brazilian Amazon Nearly Halves Malaria Cases in a Year. (News)

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Brazilian Amazon Nearly Halves Malaria Cases in a Year. (News)

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The Brazilian government announced in mid-September a major victory over malaria in a part of the country that accounts for 99.7% of Brazil's malaria cases and about half of the cases reported throughout Latin America. Over the first eight months of this year 237 000 malaria cases were reported in Brazil's Amazon region -- a 43% drop compared with the 420 000 reported for the same period last year. Throughout the last decade Brazil recorded an average of about 500 000 cases a year.

One likely explanation for the drop in the Amazon region's malaria cases, according to Brazilian health ministry official Dr Jose Lazaro de Brito Ladislau, coordinator of the region's malaria control programme, is the programme's emphasis on decentralization. "Efforts to control the disease are now managed locally -- in the regions and states, and on down to local municipal authorities and local health workers." Ladislau, who works in the ministry's national health foundation unit (FUNASA), adds: "We are also expanding our network of surveillance, diagnosis and treatment, which means that malaria cases are detected faster and we can more rapidly break the chain of transmission of the infection. …

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