There is growing evidence for the emergence of artemisinin resistance along the Cambodia‐Thailand border area. In recognition of this worrying situation, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have begun to take steps to confirm and characterise artemisinin resistance, to define optimal strategies and support the preparation of plans of action in Cambodia and Thailand, and to contain the spread of artemisinin tolerant parasites. This initiative is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) initially for a period of two years (2009 – 2010) with supportive contributions from USAID and Global Fund.
As the containment of artemisinin resistance is a regional and global public health concern, it will be beneficial to share experiences and lessons learned from various governmental and non‐governmental organizations, local authorities, and other countries. The Malaria Consortium (MC), one of the partners in this WHO‐led strategy to contain artemisinin resistant parasites along the Thai‐Cambodian border has organized this fourth in a series of technical cross‐border meetings to support the overall monitoring and evaluation of the Containment Project.
The overall objective of this workshop is to harmonise the cross‐border Malaria Case Management procedures and strategies to contain artemisinin resistant malaria in the 7 border provinces of Thailand and 10 border provinces of Cambodia.
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