Global Fund supports malaria eradication initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Patient being tested for malaria (Ary Silva/PAHO)

Ten Latin American and Caribbean countries are joining together to stamp out malaria in their region by 2020.

They are being supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has set aside an additional $10 million for the initiative.

The announcement was made on Thursday in Costa Rica, one of the countries in the campaign.

The others are Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

According to the Global Fund, malaria cases in Latin America and the Caribbean have fallen drastically since 2000.

It is confident the region can become a "malaria-free zone" in the next seven years.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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