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Lessons Learned from Cambodia Useful for Region

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Cambodia Task Force Meeting in progress. Pix by WHO

The lessons learned from the feedback at the meeting of the National Task Force of Cambodia will be useful to other countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region in the push for a regional containment agenda towards the elimination of artemisinin-resistant falciparum malaria.

This was the message put forward by the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Health, His Excellency Chou Yin Sim, when he opened the third Cambodian Task Force meeting on December 3, 2010 at the Phnom Penh Hotel.

“The National Task Force of Cambodia provides national supervision to the Containment Project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” he told the meeting attended by WHO, the National Malaria Control Centre (CNM), and their working partners.

“Elimination of resistant malaria parasites will remain out of reach unless we pay adequate attention to the delivery of health services, including good surveillance of remote areas and migrant populations. This cannot be done without the strengthening of health systems,” stressed H.E. Yin Sim.

H.E. Yin Sim pointed out the strategies that have been effective in the Containment Project.

“The strategies that have been found to be effective in the Containment Project have been the provision of free diagnosis and treatment by village malaria workers and the promotion of the use of LLINs (long-lasting insecticide treated nets) by populations at risk of malaria, especially those who stay overnight in the forest,” he told the meeting.

Another important strategy was the ban on monotherapies that H.E. Yin Sim said had proven to be effective in addressing the spread of multi-drug resistant falciparum malaria.

“The Ministry of Health is committed to eliminating monotherapies and perpetrators will be subjected to administrative measures and legal action,” he said.

“In Cambodia, a ban on monotherapies together with the Public-Private Mix initiative have achieved almost zero prevalence in artemisinin monotherapies as well as a significant reduction in fake and substandard drugs on the market,” said H.E. Yin Sim.

“I do hope this positive example and the lessons learned can be replicated in other countries in the region,” he emphasized.

To reduce drug pressure we also have to engage the private sector – it’s a partner we have to engage with and we are trying work with them and develop strategies to do so…

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December 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Distribution of Bed Nets – A Photo Story

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Pix by WHO/Elizabeth James

The World Health Organization has been working intensely with the health ministries of Cambodia and Thailand, in a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project, to try to wipe out malaria along the Thai-Cambodian border. Encouraging widespread use of mosquito nets is a key part of the strategy to contain the drug resistant malaria parasites. See photos

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November 25, 2010 at 11:43 am