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Eliminar la Malaria 2020

HOT Program

Guatemala

In partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), HOT is performing an on-the-ground validation exercise across eight localities in Escuintla and providing support for the integration of OpenMapKit (OMK) and other mobile data collection tools into vector control operations.

Although Guatemala has made great progress in reducing its Malaria burden in recent decades, the national program aims to scale up program capacity to address the ongoing threat of Malaria. National surveillance data from Guatemala suggest that malaria transmission is highly concentrated in certain regions of the country. In 2015, 5,437 confirmed cases were reported, with approximately 66% in the department of Escuintla. Escuintla is heavily characterized by agriculture including large-scale sugar, banana and palm oil plantations.

In partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), HOT is performing an on-the-ground validation exercise across eight localities in Escuintla and providing support for the integration of OpenMapKit (OMK) and other mobile data collection tools into vector control operations. The data collected will be used to monitor progress and completion of vector control campaigns, help the malaria program to better understand settlement patterns, estimate the number of households in a village, target interventions, and better plan for vector control operations on the ground.



A pesar de que Guatemala ha logrado grandes avances en la reducción del paludismo (malaria) en las últimas décadas, el Programa Nacional para el Control de los Vectores pretende ampliar la capacidad interna para enfrentar la amenaza actual de transmisión del parásito Plasmodium. Los datos de vigilancia nacionales de Guatemala sugieren que la transmisión del paludismo es altamente concentrada en ciertas regiones del país. En el 2015, se reportaron 5,437 casos, aproximadamente el 66% del total concentrados en el departamento de Escuintla. La economía de la región de Escuintla es principalmente agrícola, los cultivos más comunes incluyen las plantaciones a gran escala de caña de azúcar, de plátano y de aceite de palma.

En asociación con Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), HOT está realizando un ejercicio de validación en el terreno en ocho localidades de Escuintla y está brindando apoyo para la integración de OpenMapKit (OMK) y otras herramientas móviles de recolección de datos en las operaciones de control de vectores. Los datos recopilados se utilizarán para a) monitorear el progreso y la finalización de las campañas de control de vectores, b) ayudar al Programa de Vectores a comprender más profundamente las pautas de asentamiento, c) estimar el número de hogares en una localidad, d) realizar intervenciones específicas y e) contribuir a una mejor planificación de las operaciones de control de vectores en el terreno.

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Using open source tools to eliminate Malaria in Guatemala

HOT is supporting the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Guatemala Ministry of Health to assist local technicians who are in the field fighting Malaria in the area of Escuintla. Guatemala has provided a unique opportunity for HOT to leverage open source tools for use during indoor residual spraying to monitor progress and activities as they occur.

Miriam Gonzalez — 14 November, 2018