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Malaria control and elimination

Based on the reported data in 2011, it is estimated 46% of the population of Eastern Mediterranean Region are living in areas with risk of local malaria transmission.

Malaria remains problematic in Pakistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen; where large numbers of cases were reported between 2000 and 2010 with no discernable downward trend noted. Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq (no local transmission since 2009) and Saudi Arabia reported that malaria cases fell by more than half between 2000 and 2010. The United Arab Emirates and Morocco were certified malaria-free in 2007 and 2010, respectively. There has been no report of local transmission in the Syrian Arab Republic since 2005. P. falciparum is the dominant species of parasite in Afrotropical countries (Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Yemen), while the majority of cases in Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan are due to P. vivax.

News

Training module on malaria control: Entomology and vector control

A Training module on malaria control: Entomology and vector control has been developed to improve the knowledge and skills of entomologists and vector control staff as well as of managers/senior health...

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The Fifth international course on advanced malaria microscopy and quality assurance will take place in Muscat, Oman, from 6 December 2012 to 2 January 2013. The aim of this course is...

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The first regional training course on malaria elimination will take place in Luxor, Egypt, from 17 to 22 November 2012.  This course is designed to provide trainees with the necessary...

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In focus

A Global Environment Facility project entitled “Demonstration of sustainable alternatives to DDT and strengthening of national vector control capabilities in the Middle East and North Africa”, has been developed to:...

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Events

A consultation on insecticide resistance in countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region was held in Casablanca, Morocco from 25 to 27 September 2012. The meeting included representatives from 12...

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WHO/NAMRU-3 training course on insecticide resistance monitoring, 26–30 May 2013

A WHO/NAMRU-3 training course on insecticide resistance monitoring took place in Cairo, Egypt, from 26 to 30 May 2013. Following publication of the WHO global plan for the insecticide resistance management...

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