A village malaria worker conducts a health education session in Battambang Province. Photo credit: Heang Chantha

Cambodia Malaria Elimination Project 2 (CMEP 2)

The Challenge

Previous USAID/PMI Cambodia projects implemented by URC contributed to a 100% decline in malaria deaths and an 80% reduction in malaria cases nationwide between 2000 and 2019. Cambodia is on track to eliminate Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) malaria by 2023, and all species of malaria, including Plasmodium vivax (Pv), by 2025.

Challenges remain in preventing malaria re-introduction in elimination areas and scaling up elimination efforts nationally and within specific high-risk populations, such as forest workers and mobile and migrant populations. While significant progress has been made, local capacity in malaria prevention, diagnosis, and management, as well as surveillance and reporting need to be strengthened to reach elimination targets.

Overview and Objectives

The Cambodia Malaria Elimination Project 2 (CMEP 2) builds on URC’s 20-year legacy of working with Cambodia’s National Center for Parasitology, Entomology, and Malaria Control to eliminate malaria and control the development and spread of drug-resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

The goal of CMEP 2 is to eliminate malaria and prevent its re-introduction in target provinces, contributing to nationwide elimination and achievement of the Cambodia Malaria Elimination Action Framework 2: A Malaria-Free Cambodia and leading efforts towards self-reliance and sustained, self-financed malaria programming.

CMEP 2 will work to:

  • Detect, treat, and follow up on all malaria cases and provide personal protection to high-risk populations;
  • Strengthen national surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems to support malaria elimination; and
  • Build Cambodian Ministry of Health capacity to manage, intensify and sustain malaria control and elimination efforts, especially at the provincial and operational district levels.

The activity is expected to begin in six provinces: Pailin, Batambang, Pursat – which are already supported by PMI malaria elimination activities – and Kep, Kampot, and Koh Kong.

Duration
2021–2026

Countries
Cambodia

Regions
Asia

Expertise
Community Health, Health Service Delivery, Health Workforce, Malaria, and Quality Health Systems

Funders
U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and USAID

Partners
Panagora Group