Belize among 8 countries to benefit from project to eliminate Malaria

Belize is one of th eight countries that will benefit from a project to eliminate Malaria, through funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carlos Slim Foundation.

The organizations announced on Thursday February 1st, that they will support a number of countries, including Belize and the Dominican Republic to take the final steps necessary to obliterate the disease altogether.

The funds will be provided as follows: the Regional Malaria Elimination Initiative (RMEI) will provide US$83.6 million in new funds, and will attract another US$100 million in domestic financing, plus US$39 million of existing donor resources.

These actions should be completed across the region by the year 2022, and will be used to prioritise Malaria as a top health and development issue, even though the number of cases have been decreasing.

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