November 7, 2011
URC has received a five-year cooperative agreement from the US Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia to support and strengthen country and regional efforts for malaria control in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, an area in Southeast Asia that includes Burma, Cambodia, and Thailand. The Control and Prevention of Malaria (CAP-Malaria) Project will be implemented with partners Save the Children and Kenan Institute Asia.
The project will focus on strengthening surveillance of malaria parasites and containing resistance to anti-malarial medicines. It will also help determine which interventions are most effective and appropriate for culturally and ethnically diverse migrant and mobile populations in each country’s high-risk regions. The project team will work closely with communities, strengthening networks of village malaria volunteers and expanding their role to include the use of rapid diagnostic tests and treatment of simple malaria. The project will ensure that every household in the project areas is engaged in malaria prevention and regularly uses bed nets.