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Control and Prevention of Malaria (CAP-Malaria) Project


Funded by: US Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID RDMA)

Project Duration: 2011 to present

Countries: Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar (Burma)

Geographic Focus:

Greater Mekong Sub-region


Partners:

Save the Children Myanmar and Kenan Institute Asia (K.I.Asia) (subcontractors)


Overview

This project aims to contain the spread of multi-drug resistant Plasmodium falciparum (P. falciparum) malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region. P. falciparum is the most common and the most deadly parasite that causes malaria in humans. The best available treatment, particularly for P. falciparum malaria, is artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT). While direct evidence of resistance to ACT for P. falciparum malaria has not yet been reported, regional Ministries of Health have observed that an increasing number of patients with uncomplicated P. falciparum malaria are no longer responding to treatment with ACT as expected.

A second challenge is the quality of treatment: self-medication and poor treatment, particularly in the unregulated private sector, make it increasingly difficult to ensure proper drug use. Counterfeit and substandard antimalarial medicationswhich can cause death, undermine confidence in malaria treatment, and increase drug resistance are also highly prevalent.

Key Activities
  • Develop and scale up cost-effective vector control interventions to prevent the transmission of malaria
  • Improve the quality and effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment of malaria at the community and health facility levels
  • Reduce management bottlenecks of national malaria control programs and local institutions to implement and monitor malaria control activities
  • Support the establishment and maintenance of strategic information for malaria control

Expertise
Malaria

Approaches
Quality Improvement; Health Systems Strengthening; Health Communication and Behavior Change; Research and Evaluation


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