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A Plan to eliminate malaria on the island of Hispaniola

A Plan to eliminate malaria on the island of Hispaniola

Haiti and the Dominican Republic are expected to become free from malaria by 2020 or exactly in 5 years.

A joint effort by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has made it their task to eradicate all indigenous cases of malaria in Hispaniola, the island that is shared by Haiti and Dominican Republic. The project aims to do this by 2020, and is funded to the tune of just under $30 million US from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. According to PAHO, in 2013, there were 20,000 confirmed cases of malaria on the island. Hispaniola is the only Caribbean island still battling malaria, which is endemic there.

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