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URC and the Myanmar Ministry of Health Sign a Memorandum of Understanding to Address Malaria
Dr. Min Than Nyunt, Director General of the Myanmar Department of Health, and Dr. Kheang Soy Ty, URC's Chief of Party of the USAID Control and Prevention of Malaria project (CAP-Malaria), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in mid-December to enable URC to address malaria in Myanmar. The signing took place in Naypyi Taw, Myanmar, on December 20th.
URC is currently implementing CAP-Malaria in Myanmar with Save the Children. The project strives for the systematic control of malaria in border regions affected by malaria, aiming to contain the spread of multi-drug resistant P. falciparum malaria. Myanmar is pivotal to the containment and/or elimination of artemisinin-resistant malaria; the parasite that causes malaria is endemic to rural areas in more than 80% of the country's townships, especially in hilly and forested areas. While the number of malaria deaths in Myanmar has fallen in the past decade, the number of reported cases did not change. In 2006, the country saw about 4.2 million malaria cases and 9000 deaths.
In collaboration with local partners, including the Myanmar Medical Association and Friends for Health, the project targets communities having the highest rates of malaria. Because these communities are generally in remote, border areas with limited health services, the project emphasizes community-based interventions: It recruits village malaria workers to provide malaria education, diagnose malaria cases using rapid diagnostic tests, treat cases of simple malaria, and refer complicated cases to health centers. The project also distributes long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) to prevent malaria transmission, supports mobile malaria clinics that can reach remote communities with comprehensive malaria services, and works with companies employing large numbers of migrant workers to ensure their access to LLINs, diagnosis, and treatment.
January 16, 2013