Since 2003, URC has been leading projects to reduce the impact and spread of malaria in more than 20 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia. Our activities have contributed to the halving of global annual malaria deaths between 2000 and 2018, which declined to 400,000, according to the World Health Organization statistics.
However, in recent years, progress in combatting the disease has slowed. Urgent action is needed and URC remains part of the continuing effort to reduce malaria transmission.
- Strengthen surveillance systems and enhance procurement and logistics to ensure a reliable supply of high-quality drugs and diagnostics;
- Ensure providers – including the private sector – have the necessary skills, medicines, and equipment for intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) during pregnancy and that malaria services are accessible for all vulnerable groups;
- Work with all levels of government and community-based organizations to follow global guidance for the promotion, distribution, and utilization of long-lasting insecticide-treated nets (LLINs); and
- Strengthen communities’ ability to access and utilize quality malaria services, especially for vulnerable groups.
“At URC, we continue to implement malaria interventions that have proven successful, despite adjustments required by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said URC President Earl Gast. “It’s important not to lose momentum in efforts to prevent, test, treat, and track malaria.”