It’s time to put an end to dengue in Latin America too and our new collaboration with the Americas Health Foundation (AHF) will help us get our planned expansion into Latin America under way.
The AHF’s mission is to advance public health in the Americas by working with strategic partners in developing health education, disease prevention, and medical training initiatives. Through the AHF we will be able to connect patients, governments, NGOs, doctors, the pharmaceutical industry, and other stakeholders across Latin America. For instance, its network of local NGOs will help us spread the reach of our initiative in the region.
By expanding our activities – such as raising awareness about dengue and its prevention – into Latin America, we hope to reduce the rising number of cases in the region. The WHO reported over 2.35 million cases and 1,280 deaths in 2013, up from just over 1.12 million cases and 784 deaths in 2012. And the first month of 2014 has already seen 42,309 cases and six deaths.
We know that this collaboration will mirror the success we have had in increasing interest in dengue across India. And we can’t wait to begin working together to combat dengue in Latin America.