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Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis to Sustain Community-Based Malaria Interventions in Cambodia

May 19, 2021 - 14:05 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Feldman M, Vernaeve L, Tibenderana J, Braack L, Debackere M, Thu HK, Hamade P, Lo K
Reference: 
Glob Health Sci Pract. 2021 May 13

Cambodia has made impressive progress in reducing malaria trends and, in 2018, reported no malaria-related deaths for the first time. However, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic presents a potential challenge to the country's goal for malaria elimination by 2025. The path toward malaria elimination depends on sustained interventions to prevent rapid resurgence, which can quickly set back any gains achieved.Malaria Consortium supported mobile malaria workers (MMWs) to engage with target communities to build acceptance, trust, and resilience.

Eliminating Plasmodium falciparum malaria: results from tailoring active case detection approaches to remote populations in forested border areas in north-eastern Cambodia

February 23, 2021 - 14:22 -- Open Access
Author(s): 
Ann-Sophie Stratil, Lieven Vernaeve, Sergio Lopes, Yves Bourny, Kylie Mannion, Prudence Hamade, Arantxa Roca-Feltrer, James K. Tibenderana, Siv Sovannaroth and Mark Debackere
Reference: 
Malaria Journal 2021 20:108, 22 February 2021

Remaining Plasmodium falciparum cases in Cambodia are concentrated in forested border areas and in remote populations who are hard to reach through passive case detection. A key approach to reach these populations is active case detection by mobile malaria workers (MMWs). However, this is operationally challenging because of changing movement patterns of the target population moving into less accessible areas. From January 2018 to December 2020, a tailored package of active case detection approaches was implemented in forested border areas of three provinces in north-eastern Cambodia to reach remote populations and support the elimination of falciparum malaria.

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