A new malaria post, designed to facilitate ongoing efforts to diagnose and treat malaria in hard-to-reach areas, has been established in Preah Vihear, Cambodia - a high transmission risk area along the border with Thailand.
The risk of malaria infection is naturally higher due to the itinerant lifestyles present in addition to the lack of diagnostic and treatment services in the region. Passers-by are screened by a mobile malaria worker (MMW) at the post and if a person tests positive, treatment can then be administered.
The establishment of this malaria post has also led to the recruitment of a new MMW who has been trained to screen individuals and maintain the post's stock levels. To date, Malaria Consortium has hired and trained 22 MMWs to operate the posts, report back on levels of malaria transmission and test and treat those with infection. These activities have occurred in collaboration with the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control and Population Services Khmer.
The establishment of malaria posts is a part of the wider Regional Artemisinin Initiative (RAI) ICC2, running until December 2017. The project also oversees the mapping of hotspots of infection, and encourages the adoption of preventive behaviours within affected communities.
This project represents Malaria Consortium's ongoing implementation of recommendations to reduce malaria in high risk and remote areas of Cambodia. This includes continued investment in early detection and treatment services, field-based malaria surveillance in areas of high malaria transmission and collaboration with all levels of Cambodia’s health service.
The RAI ICC2 initiative is funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis.