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World Malaria Day 2018 – Regaining the Momentum Against Malaria
URC is working across the globe to ensure that fewer people contract malaria and that governments are prepared to sustain gains against the disease.
Years of success in reducing the reach of malaria have stalled, according to the World Health Organization. While some countries are closer to eradicating malaria, others are losing ground and have reported significant increases in malaria cases.
On World Malaria Day, observed April 25, URC reaffirms our commitment to the global fight against this disease. URC is leading programs to prevent and treat malaria in Cambodia, Myanmar, Ghana, and Uganda while supporting a range of other projects around the world working to reduce the impact of malaria.
URC-led, research-driven malaria programs are working at multiple levels, including:
- In health facilities, we ensure providers have the necessary skills, medicines, and equipment for intermittent preventive treatment during pregnancy, improved diagnosis through rapid tests and high-quality microscopy, and strengthened case management using artemisinin combination therapy;
- With all levels of government to promote, distribute, and hang long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets; and
- Nationally, we improve the quality and use of malaria data and enhance procurement and logistics to ensure a reliable supply of high-quality drugs and diagnostics.
URC’s work in malaria is producing results.
Helping Migrant Workers Avoid Malaria in Myanmar
Many people in Myanmar work outdoors farming in the mountains and in the forest, putting them at higher risk of being bitten by infected mosquitoes. They often are the most difficult to reach populations because they live, work, and travel in remote areas. Ensuring they are protected and receive proper treatment is important to help control and eliminate malaria.
Drawing from past experiences and adapting the project to better serve this population, the Defeat Malaria activity, funded by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative and led by URC, distributed more than 960 forest goer kits to people at risk in nine selected project villages in Tanintharyi Region and Kayin State since September 2017. These backpack kits contain one mosquito net and repellent tube, two long-sleeved shirts, one head torch, and a booklet. The forest-goers attended health education sessions where they received the kit to learn how to protect themselves against malaria and where to seek help if they get sick.
Defeat Malaria also offers health talks to the communities, trains volunteers in how to combat the disease, and supports training for health workers and project partners. Defeat Malaria is working with several local and central partners, the Ministry of Health and Sports, and the National Malaria Control Program to end Malaria in Myanmar by 2030.
In Defeat Malaria’s first year, more than 180,000 mosquito nets were distributed and 123,000 people were tested for malaria in more than 1,600 villages.
Project in Cambodia Developing Elimination Model to Scale Up Nationally
The USAID/PMI Cambodia Malaria Elimination Project (CMEP), launched in October 2016, is locally developing a scalable, evidence-based malaria elimination model to implement across Cambodia. The project also is helping the country’s national control program manage, intensify, and sustain malaria control and elimination efforts and is strengthening national malaria surveillance systems, among other work.
CMEP, during its first full year, achieved or exceeded several of its goals, including:
- Testing more than 99 percent of 19,285 suspected malaria cases in the six targeted operational districts; and
- In Sampov Loun Operational District – where CMEP is implementing an evidenced-based malaria elimination model – the project notified all 101 cases that tested positive for malaria within one day, investigated these cases within three days, and provided all confirmed cases treatment in accordance with National Treatment Guidelines.
CMEP is building on these achievements in its second year by expanding and intensifying malaria control and elimination activities in target provinces.