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Ambassador Kenney Visits URC Project in Thailand
U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney visited the Control and Prevention of Malaria (CAP-Malaria) Project last month in Ranong, which is in southern Thailand on the border with Myanmar. She learned about some of CAP-Malaria's strategies for cross-border malaria control and motivated local health officials and CAP-Malaria staff to continue collaborating across the border.
Ranong is a project-supported sister city for malaria control and is partnering with Kawthaung Township in nearby Myanmar. The border area has a high burden of malaria and significant population mobility. The sister city initiative fosters collaboration between malaria control officials on both sides of the border to ensure effective malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for the border communities as well as migrants working temporarily at local farms or in the forests. Through support from CAP-Malaria, the sister cities agreed to share communications on malaria cases and entomologic surveys and to implement strategies for case referrals for cross-border migrant populations.
Ambassador Kenney learned of CAP-Malaria's strategies, including bilingual field coordinators to support the coordination of cross-border activities for malaria control, bilingual educational materials with aligned messages, and border malaria posts At these posts, trained malaria workers provide information on malaria prevention, diagnose with rapid diagnostic tests, and treat uncomplicated cases.
See a photo at Ambassador Kenney's Twitter account.
June 06, 2012