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Slideshow features achievements of the Malaria Control in Cambodia project

January 8, 2013

The USAID Malaria Control in Cambodia (MCC) Project, implemented by University Research Co. LLC (URC) during 2007-2011, was a community-based malaria control and prevention project that aimed to reduce malaria in the Western part of Cambodia, home to drug-resistant malaria.  The project focused on four provinces witnessing the emergence of malaria resistant to one or more antimalarial drugs. 

This slideshow highlights the approaches and results of the MCC project.  These include:

  • Improving prevention of malaria.  MCC trained health workers and over 600 village malaria workers to provide counseling, educate communities, and use rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for diagnosis.  MCC distributed over 200,000 long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) which are bednets in which insecticide is incorporated into the net fabric.  The project also developed an innovative bednet lending scheme model to reach vulnerable mobile and migrant population with LLIN.  MCC also implemented behavior change interventions including World Malaria Week events, billboards, flipcharts, a TV/CD used by taxi drivers, and radio broadcasts.
  • Strengthening malaria diagnosis and treatment.  MCC trained public, private, and community providers on malaria case management malaria according to National Treatment Guidelines.  MCC also provided on-the-job coaching and strengthened supportive supervision provided by public health officials to health center staff, and improving the logistics chain for antimalarial drugs and supplies, ensuring that malaria commodities were procured and distributed in a timely and effective fashion.
  • Collaboration at the national level in developing policy and strategic interventions.  The project provided invaluable research support by conducting operations research on topics such as the comparable accuracy of rapid diagnostics tests and mapping the geographic locations of patients with multi-drug resistant malaria.

In 2011, USAID began funding URC and its partners, Kenan Institute Asia and Save the Children, for a malaria control project that includes not only Cambodia, but also Myanmar and Thailand.  The new Control and Prevention of Malaria (CAP-Malaria) project, also led by Dr. Kheang Soy Ty, is adapting and scaling up successful models developed by MCC in all three countries.

See the slideshow here - MCC Slideshow.

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