Contact Us. In Latin America, which consists of Central and South America and the Caribbean, an estimated 4 in of pregnancies are affected by malaria. Malaria infection during pregnancy can cause maternal illness and poor birth outcomes, such as infants born with low birth weight. In areas of low malaria transmission, such as Latin America, malaria may cause women to have symptoms of malaria fever , life-threatening cerebral malaria, respiratory distress syndrome, premature delivery, or spontaneous abortion. Alternatively, many pregnant women will have infections but no symptoms asymptomatic infections.
Prevention Latin America | Malaria in Pregnancy Consortium
Malaria is a serious and potentially life threatening disease, transmitted to humans through the bite of infected female Anopheles spp. Malaria is caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium and is transmitted to humans through the bite of female Anopheles spp. There are five species of Plasmodium that cause disease in humans; P. Outside of sub-Saharan Africa, P. In , there were an estimated million cases of malaria in 90 countries.
Although preventable and treatable, malaria causes significant morbidity and mortality, with the greatest numbers of cases and deaths in resource-poor regions and among young children. Strategies and efforts to address malaria have evolved over time, with global eradication efforts waning in the s, resulting in rising rates. Since then, expanded efforts by the U. Today global malaria activities are focused on sustaining, improving, and expanding efforts to control the disease. Still, progress has stalled in many countries recently, and significant challenges continue to complicate malaria control efforts in hard-hit areas.
Congressman Himes D-CT4 , who grew up and has worked in Latin America, spoke about his personal interest and commitment to the region. All it takes is focus. These speakers joined the event to give a report on the countries excelling and lagging on the path to elimination as well as to share what U.