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Epidemiological and entomological surveillance.
Communication, networking and systems strengthening.
Access to quality diagnosis and treatment.
Quality assurance and control of pharmaceuticals
and other supplies for malaria.
Vector surveillance and integrated vector management.
Antimalarial efficacy monitoring, resistance surveillance, and prevention of emergence of resistance to antimalarials.
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The Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI) is an eleven country regional program in the Amazon basin and Central America with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development. AMI was launched in 2001 with the overall goal of preventing and controlling malaria in the Amazon basin. Read More

Malaria News and Events
  • New World Malaria Report 2015
    December 16, 2015

    The World Health Organization has released the World Malaria Report 2015. In the Americas region, the number of malaria cases has decreased approximately 67% since 2000. Seven of the 21 endemic countries are now in elimination, one is in pre-elimination, and the remainder are in control. Read the full report here.

    New World Malaria Report 2015

  • Action and Investment to Defeat Malaria (AIM) 2016–2030
    November 5, 2015

    Building on the Global Malaria Action Plan (GMAP) 2008-2015, in July 2015 the Roll Back Malaria Partnership released Action and Investment to defeat Malaria (AIM) 2016–2030. In this document, the RBM Partnership calls for malaria to be included in the wider development agenda. AIM demonstrates how a more inclusive, multisectoral approach to malaria reduction and elimination can result in better health, economic, and development outcomes. The AIM document complements the GTS as a tool to help achieve malaria targets set under the post-2015 development agenda. AIM is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

    Photos: World Health Organization
  • New Global Technical Strategy for Malaria
    In May 2015, the 68th World Health Assembly adopted the World Health Organization’s Global Technical Strategy for Malaria (GTS) 2016–2030. The GTS provides a comprehensive framework to help countries accelerate efforts towards malaria elimination, with the global goal of a 90% reduction in malaria morbidity and mortality by 2030. Click here to read the entire GTS in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Success Stories

Peru Strengthens Its Medicine Quality Control Approach. 2016
In English  In Spanish

Peru CNCC
Photo: CNCC

Case Study: Private Sector Engagement Helps to Interrupt Malaria Transmission in Brazil. 2016
In English  In Spanish  
In Portuguese

Brazil dam
Photo: PAHO/WHO

Certification of the regional medicine warehouse in Loreto, Peru. 2015
In English  In Spanish

Certification of warehouse in Loreto
Photo: SIAPS

Decentralized technical assistance improves antimalarial supply management in Loreto, Peru. 2015
In English  In Spanish

Colombia takes routine testing of malaria medicines to the next level to ensure quality in endemic areas. 2015
Read More

Artemisinin testing in Colombia
Photo: USP/PQM

AMI News

Intermittent Rice Irrigation: A Sustainable Strategy for Malaria Control Efforts in Peru
June 20, 2016
In Peru, the implementation of intermittent rice irrigation has had a significant impact on vector control efforts and the farmers that practice it. Learn more by reading the fact sheet on IRI (in Spanish).

AMI Quarterly Activities Bulletin


Download the PDF

Call for Nominations: “Malaria Champions of the Americas 2016”
May 13, 2016
On World Malaria Day 2016, the Pan American Health Organization launched the eighth annual Malaria Champions of the Americas contest. Nominations will be accepted from April 25 to June 20, 2016. Read more on the News page.

Key Interventions Strengthen Health Systems to Address Malaria in Guatemala
May 2, 2016
To achieve the goal of eliminating malaria in Guatemala, timely access to the appropriate treatment is a key strategy for the Ministry of Health and Social Assistance. Read more on the News page.

World Malaria Day 2016
April 25, 2016
“End malaria for good” is the theme for World Malaria Day on April 25, 2016. In 2015, the Americas celebrated having reduced malaria by 67% since the year 2000, and so far 18 countries in the region have committed to eliminating the disease in the coming years. Read the article on the News page.

Webinar: Good Practices for Collaborating with Indigenous Peoples on Malaria Prevention and Control
A webinar on April 5, 2016 featured case studies of successful malaria control carried out with indigenous populations in Honduras, Guatemala, and Panama. The considerations for intercultural communication that were presented by Links Media can be accessed here. A complete recording of the webinar is available on the Resources page.


Photo: William Miller

Strategic Orientation Documents


English and Portuguese versions of the AMI/RAVREDA Strategic Orientation Documents, originally developed in 2011, are now available. See the AMI Publications section below at right, or visit our Resources page to download the documents, which cover malaria vector surveillance and control, pharmaceutical management and quality, and antimalarial resistance monitoring.

AMI Quarterly Activities Bulletin


Download the PDF

Videos of 2015 Malaria Champions of the Americas
November 18, 2015
During the regional celebration of Malaria Day in the Americas at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) headquarters, AMI-supported countries Brazil and Honduras were honored as 2015 Malaria Champions for national efforts that helped to achieve the Millenium Development Goals. Paraguay, which does not receive support through AMI, was also recognized as a champion.

Video: Brazil’s National Malaria Prevention and Control Program

Video: Honduras’ Health Surveillance Unit

AMI Quarterly Activities Bulletin


Download or view the PDF

Training Videos for Field Entomologists Now Available on Website
June 26, 2015
The Amazon Malaria Initiative produced a series of seven instructional videos for field entomologists that are now available on the website and social media sites. See below for a preview of one of them, and watch all of the videos at the Training Materials and Handbooks section of Resources.

Video: Strategy for distribution and installation of long lasting insecticidal bed nets

Country Activity

Belize Cases of malaria are down by nearly 95% since 2000. It is considered to be in the pre-elimination stage.
Read more.

Brazil has reduced its malaria incidence, but still reports the highest number of malaria cases and deaths in the Americas. Read more.

Colombia has achieved a 55% reduction in malaria incidence since 2000. The Pacific Coast is the most affected region of the country. Read more.

Ecuador has achieved a 99% reduction in malaria cases since 2000 and is considered to be in the pre-elimination stage.
Read more.

Guatemala has been able to decrease its malaria incidence by over 87% since 2000. The southwestern state of Escuintla has the most malaria at present. Read more.

Guyana reduced its malaria cases by 51% from 2000 to 2007. However, in 2011, it reported 22% more cases than in 2000. Read more.

Honduras Malaria incidence has decreased by 78% since the year 2000. However, Honduras still reports more cases than any other Central American country. Read more.

Nicaragua Malaria incidence has decreased significantly since 2000, with the number of cases down by 96%. Read more.

Panama The Darien Gap represented 47 % of all cases of malaria in 2011. Read more.

Peru Between 2010 and 2014, the region of Loreto came to account for 93% of all malaria cases reported in Peru. Read more.

Suriname has achieved a 93% reduction in malaria incidence since 2000. Current efforts towards elimination focus on interior areas of the country where indigenous populations live, and on gold mining areas. Read more.

Amazon Malaria Initiative Publications

Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Monitoring the Efficacy of and Resistance to Antimalarial Medicines
June 6, 2016

Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Monitoring the Efficacy of and Resistance to
Antimalarial Medicines Download or view the PDF
In English
 In Spanish  


Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Treatment — Ensuring Access to Quality Medicines
May 26, 2016

Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Treatment — Ensuring Access to Quality Medicines Download or view the PDF
In English
 In Spanish  


Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Epidemiological Surveillance — Low Parasite Loads Difficult to Detect
May 26, 2016

Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Epidemiological Surveillance — Low Parasite Loads Difficult to Detect Download or view the PDF
In English
 In Spanish  


Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Vector Surveillance and Control
May 13, 2016

Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Vector Surveillance and Control Download or view the PDF
In English
 In Spanish  


Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Maintaining Laboratory Capacity for Malaria Diagnosis
May 13, 2016

Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Maintaining Laboratory Capacity for Malaria Diagnosis Download or view the PDF
In English
 In Spanish  


Selected References on Malaria Elimination
March 14, 2016

Selected References on Malaria Elimination Download or view the PDF
In English
 In Spanish  In Portuguese


Strategic Orientation Document for Malaria Vector Surveillance and Control in Latin America and the Caribbean.
March 7, 2015

AMI SOD Vector Control Download or view the PDF
In English
  In Spanish  In Portuguese


Strategic Orientation Document on Supply Management and Quality Assurance for Drugs and Supplies Used in Malaria Diagnosis and Treatment.
March 7, 2015

Download or view the PDF
In English
  In Spanish  In Portuguese


Strategic Orientation Document on Monitoring the Efficacy of and Resistance to Antimalarials in the Current Epidemiological Context.
March 7, 2015

Download or view the PDF
In English
  In Spanish  In Portuguese


Fact Sheet: Malaria Elimination Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
November 5, 2015

AMI Elimination Factsheet Nov 15 Download or view the PDF
In English
  In Spanish  In Portuguese


AMI News

Intermittent Rice Irrigation: A Sustainable Strategy for Malaria Control Efforts in Peru
June 20, 2016
In Peru, the implementation of intermittent rice irrigation has had a significant impact on vector control efforts and the farmers that practice it. Learn more by reading the fact sheet on IRI (in Spanish).

AMI Quarterly Activities Bulletin


Download the PDF

Call for Nominations: “Malaria Champions of the Americas 2016”
May 13, 2016
On World Malaria Day 2016, the Pan American Health Organization launched the eighth annual Malaria Champions of the Americas contest. Nominations will be accepted from April 25 to June 20, 2016. Read more on the News page.

Key Interventions Strengthen Health Systems to Address Malaria in Guatemala
May 2, 2016
To achieve the goal of eliminating malaria in Guatemala, timely access to the appropriate treatment is a key strategy for the Ministry of Health and Social Assistance. Read more on the News page.

World Malaria Day 2016
April 25, 2016
“End malaria for good” is the theme for World Malaria Day on April 25, 2016. In 2015, the Americas celebrated having reduced malaria by 67% since the year 2000, and so far 18 countries in the region have committed to eliminating the disease in the coming years. Read the article on the News page.

Webinar: Good Practices for Collaborating with Indigenous Peoples on Malaria Prevention and Control
A webinar on April 5, 2016 featured case studies of successful malaria control carried out with indigenous populations in Honduras, Guatemala, and Panama. The considerations for intercultural communication that were presented by Links Media can be accessed here. A complete recording of the webinar is available on the Resources page.


Photo: William Miller

Strategic Orientation Documents


English and Portuguese versions of the AMI/RAVREDA Strategic Orientation Documents, originally developed in 2011, are now available. See the AMI Publications section below at right, or visit our Resources page to download the documents, which cover malaria vector surveillance and control, pharmaceutical management and quality, and antimalarial resistance monitoring.

AMI Quarterly Activities Bulletin


Download the PDF

Videos of 2015 Malaria Champions of the Americas
November 18, 2015
During the regional celebration of Malaria Day in the Americas at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) headquarters, AMI-supported countries Brazil and Honduras were honored as 2015 Malaria Champions for national efforts that helped to achieve the Millenium Development Goals. Paraguay, which does not receive support through AMI, was also recognized as a champion.

Video: Brazil’s National Malaria Prevention and Control Program

Video: Honduras’ Health Surveillance Unit

AMI Quarterly Activities Bulletin


Download or view the PDF


Amazon Malaria Initiative Publications

Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Monitoring the Efficacy of and Resistance to Antimalarial Medicines
June 6, 2016

Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Monitoring the Efficacy of and Resistance to
Antimalarial Medicines Download or view the PDF
In English
 In Spanish  


Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Treatment — Ensuring Access to Quality Medicines
May 26, 2016

Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Treatment — Ensuring Access to Quality Medicines Download or view the PDF
In English
 In Spanish  


Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Epidemiological Surveillance — Low Parasite Loads Difficult to Detect
May 26, 2016

Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Epidemiological Surveillance — Low Parasite Loads Difficult to Detect Download or view the PDF
In English
 In Spanish  


Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Vector Surveillance and Control
May 13, 2016

Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Vector Surveillance and Control Download or view the PDF
In English
 In Spanish  


Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Maintaining Laboratory Capacity for Malaria Diagnosis
May 13, 2016

Malaria in Low-Incidence Settings: Maintaining Laboratory Capacity for Malaria Diagnosis Download or view the PDF
In English
 In Spanish  


Selected References on Malaria Elimination
March 14, 2016

Selected References on Malaria Elimination Download or view the PDF
In English
 In Spanish  In Portuguese


Strategic Orientation Document for Malaria Vector Surveillance and Control in Latin America and the Caribbean.
March 7, 2015

AMI SOD Vector Control Download or view the PDF
In English
  In Spanish  In Portuguese


Strategic Orientation Document on Supply Management and Quality Assurance for Drugs and Supplies Used in Malaria Diagnosis and Treatment.
March 7, 2015

Download or view the PDF
In English
  In Spanish  In Portuguese


Strategic Orientation Document on Monitoring the Efficacy of and Resistance to Antimalarials in the Current Epidemiological Context.
March 7, 2015

Download or view the PDF
In English
  In Spanish  In Portuguese


Fact Sheet: Malaria Elimination Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
November 5, 2015

AMI Elimination Factsheet Nov 15 Download or view the PDF
In English
  In Spanish  In Portuguese


Country Activity

Belize Cases of malaria are down by nearly 95% since 2000. It is considered to be in the pre-elimination stage.
Read more.

Brazil has reduced its malaria incidence, but still reports the highest number of malaria cases and deaths in the Americas. Read more.

Colombia has achieved a 55% reduction in malaria incidence since 2000. The Pacific Coast is the most affected region of the country. Read more.

Ecuador has achieved a 99% reduction in malaria cases since 2000 and is considered to be in the pre-elimination stage.
Read more.

Guatemala has been able to decrease its malaria incidence by over 87% since 2000. The southwestern state of Escuintla has the most malaria at present. Read more.

Guyana reduced its malaria cases by 51% from 2000 to 2007. However, in 2011, it reported 22% more cases than in 2000. Read more.

Honduras Malaria incidence has decreased by 78% since the year 2000. However, Honduras still reports more cases than any other Central American country. Read more.

Nicaragua Malaria incidence has decreased significantly since 2000, with the number of cases down by 96%. Read more.

Panama The Darien Gap represented 47 % of all cases of malaria in 2011. Read more.

Peru Between 2010 and 2014, the region of Loreto came to account for 93% of all malaria cases reported in Peru. Read more.

Suriname has achieved a 93% reduction in malaria incidence since 2000. Current efforts towards elimination focus on interior areas of the country where indigenous populations live, and on gold mining areas. Read more.

Last updated on: 8/9/2016