Central American Country, the Republic of El Salvador is the first country to be certified malaria-free by the WHO. World Health Organization grants a certification of malaria elimination when a country proves “beyond a reasonable doubt” that there has been no indigenous transmission of the disease nationwide for the previous 3 consecutive years.

The country hasn’t had a malaria outbreak since the year 1996 and has reported no indigenous cases since 2017. In the year 1990, the country had 9,000 cases per year, a figure that declined to 26 by 2010. World Health Organization credited El Salvador’s sustained domestic funding for malaria prevention, detection, and treatment for the success.

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