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Strengthen monitoring and evaluation of malaria control and elimination in Southeast Asia

In the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) in Southeast Asia, malaria remains a problem in high risk areas, particularly along international borders and among migrant and mobile populations. Despite efforts to reduce the region’s malaria burden, the spread of drug resistance is still a constant threat. Access to reliable information is crucial for tracking the progress of malaria control, responding rapidly to outbreaks and avoiding the consequences of spreading drug resistance.

In 2008, Malaria Consortium began a five-year partnership with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The project supports countries and partners in the GMS (Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Lao PDR, and Yunnan Province in China) to put in place a robust and reliable evidence base, which is continuously updated and used by the countries to improve their malaria surveillance and control strategies. It is also designed to help them to mobilise resources. 

Tools and strategies for monitoring, evaluation, and surveillance have been developed and tested to facilitate lesson sharing across the GMS and to support the following:


Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)
Provide technical assistance for M&E to country programmes and partners to adapt the Mekong Regional M&E framework and developing new tools and approaches where needed.

Surveillance
Strengthen surveillance by developing efficient, timely systems for ongoing information management and feedback.

Operational Research
Improve our understanding of barriers for hard-to-reach, vulnerable populations. Also to evaluate new diagnostic tools and strategies to locate hard-to-find parasites in an effort to contain and eliminate resistant strains of Plasmodium falciparum.


Key achievements of the project:

Read about IMMERSE project launched in 2013 here.


 

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