PAHO/WHO to support Guyana and Suriname in malaria drug-resistance study | LatestPosted: June 7, 2013
Based on the data, which included results from the verification of microscopy slides, the expert group concluded that initial findings in Guyana and Suriname could be an early sign of declining artemisinin efficacy in the locations studied. They recommended a set of rigorous follow-up studies to be conducted to clarify the situation.
In addition to supporting the new confirmatory studies in Guyana and Suriname, PAHO/WHO, USAID, and AMI/RAVREDA partners will continue to collaborate closely with ministries of health in all malaria-affected countries to scale up efforts to control and eliminate the disease. Efforts will need to be strengthened to roll out malaria interventions in the Americas region, including increasing the deployment of vector control tools, expanding access to quality-assured diagnostic testing and antimalarial treatment, and stepping up disease surveillance.