Targeting malaria infection and artemisinin resistance in formal/ informal border points on the Cambodia-Laos border

Targeting malaria infection and artemisinin resistance in formal/ informal border points on the Cambodia-Laos border

Objectives

To estimate the impact of migrant populations on the spread of malaria and artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong Subregion, especially along the Cambodia-Laos border. The project will also support the National Malaria Programme to strengthen surveillance methods for elimination of malaria and drug-resistant parasites.

Specific objectives:

  • To characterise the use of informal border points along the Cambodia-Laos border and assess the importance of these crossing points in the spread of malaria, including artemisinin resistant malaria.
  • To suggest, based on real evidence, an optimal method of surveillance to target populations crossing informal border points between Cambodia and Laos.
  • To develop and distribute appropriate behaviour change communication materials to optimally improve awareness of malaria, malaria prevention methods and available services to migrant groups that cross the border.
  • To identify specific risk factors among populations crossing both the formal and informal borders, allowing project staff to help authorities decide who at the border should be tested for malaria parasites.
  • To inform and engage border police personnel in all proposed activities, introduce regular malaria testing of personnel and subsequent reporting of positive cases to the national malaria information system.
  • To report all diagnosed malaria cases to the malaria information system in Cambodia.

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Abstract

Project brief

Targeting malaria infection and artemisinin resistance in formal

Key facts

  • Dates
    Sep 2015 to Mar 2016
    Country
    • Cambodia
    • Lao People's Democratic Republic

MESA tags

  • Methodology
    Epidemiology
    Theme(s)
    Drug resistance, Surveillance, Vulnerable populations