Malaria epidemiology in Suriname from 2000 to 2016: trends, opportunities and challenges for elimination

Hélène Hiwat, Beatriz Martinez Lopez, Hedley Cairo, Loretta Hardjopawiro, Agatha Boerleider, Elisabeth Carmen Duarte, Zaida E. Yadon

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BACKGROUND: Suriname has experienced a significant change in malaria transmission risk and incidence over the past years. The country is now moving toward malaria elimination. The first objective of this study is to describe malaria epidemiological trends in Suriname between 2000 and 2016. The second objective is to identify spatiotemporal malaria trends in notification points between 2007 and 2016. METHODS: National malaria surveillance data resulting from active and passive screening between 2000 and 2016 were used for the temporal trend analysis. A space-time cluster analysis using SaTScan™ was conducted on Malaria Programme-data from 2007 to 2016 comparing cases (people tested positive) with controls (people tested negative). RESULTS: Suriname experienced a period of high malaria incidence during 2000-2005, followed by a steep decline in number of malaria cases from 2005 onwards. Imported malaria cases, mostly of Brazilian nationality and travelling from French Guiana, were major contributors to the reported number of cases, exceeding the national malaria burden (94.2% of the total). Most clusters in notification points are found in the border area between Suriname and French Guiana. Clustering was also found in the migrant clinic in Paramaribo. CONCLUSIONS: Suriname has successfully reduced malaria to near-elimination level in the last 17 years. However, the high malaria import rate resulting from cross-border moving migrants is a major challenge for reaching elimination. This requires continued investment in the national health system, with a focus on border screening and migrant health. A regional approach to malaria elimination within the Guianas and Brazil is urgently needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalMalaria Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 12 2018


  • Malaria elimination
  • Malaria programme
  • Plasmodium falciparum
  • Plasmodium vivax
  • Regional collaboration
  • Space–time cluster analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases


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