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Issue # 12 # November 2019
 
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Issue # 12 # November 2019
 
 

Malaria CSO platform, GMS update:
Regional malaria CSO platform, GMS participation in Vietnam Civil Society Partnership Platform on AIDS (VCSPA) annual meeting organized by SCDI in Da Nang, Vietnam, 8-10 November 2019

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The secretariat, Thailand CSO representative from the regional malaria CSO platform, GMS, and UNOPS PR, joined the Vietnam Civil Society Partnership Platform on AIDS (VCSPA) annual meeting 2019, organized by the Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI) in Da Nang, Vietnam, from 8-10 November. The side meeting on malaria was organized by SCDI to discuss NSP for malaria discussion and coordination among partners.  During the malaria session of the meeting, Community Malaria Action Team (CMAT), brainstormed how to improve the malaria testing referral and adherence support to the commune health center. In addition, Dr. Tran Quang Phuc, head of planning department, National Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology (NIMPE) also explained the achievements and challenges of malaria elimination in Vietnam and consulted the operational activities to include in the malaria national strategic plan (2021-2025) during community consultation: what to do to eliminate malaria session.

This was a follow-up community consultation after the meeting of RAI RSC CSO representative Louis Da Gama, Dr. Faisal Mansoor, Head of Program Unit, UNOPS, and team with Vietnam CSO partners in Hanoi during 22-23 October 2019.

 
 
 
 
 

Country Update:
Country RAI CSO implementing partners were emphasizing the preparation of country priority areas for the next funding request and capacity building for VMWs and promoting health education activities.

 
 
 

Lao DPR
Health Poverty Action (HPA)

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The village malaria workers need continuous learning to maintain knowledge and skill in order to provide effective health services to the community. The Cross-border Response for Overlooked, Stigmatized Sub-population (CROSS) project refresher training to VMW has been successfully completed in Saysetha District of Attapeu Provine. The training focused on preventive, promotive, and curative interventions including providing outreach activity to the community. A total of 20 participants, including 13 VMWs from 9 villages, two trainers from the provincial, two CMPE staff from Saysetha District, participated in the refresher training. The training was found to be productive with questions and answer sessions because the trainers encouraged the VMWs to participate in the discussion and VMWs opened up the concerns and challenges they faced working in their villages. HPA organized the refresher training for the VMWs on an annual basis.

 
 
 
 
 

Community story shared by Village Malaria Worker from Cambodia

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My name is Ser Channa. I am 61 years old. I live with five children and works in cashew nut plantation. I am also a village chief of Sahakran village, Chamkar Andong commune, Chamkar Ler district, Kampong Cham province. As my personal experience, from 1987 to 1988, there was an outbreak of malaria, and a lot of people died from malaria. My wife also got malaria at 1987. She was unconscious for three days before she reached to hospital. In 2014, I became a Village Malaria Worker. I also work as a TB volunteer by identifying TB patients and monitoring their treatment to ensure they complete the medication. On average, I have to spend 1-2 hours a day if people come and take blood tests. I want to help my community. I think if I can help people free from malaria, it is also helping them to reduce poverty.

I live in a remote village, I have to go 23 km to reach the health center for the meeting, it’s been challenging for me to travel to the health center. It is also very difficult for me to work in the rainy season and to travel to HC for the meeting, I don’t have a raincoat to protect myself from the rain.

It is difficult to convince the villagers to get malaria treatment when they got a positive test. They believe they get sick because of the forest spirit. So, they try to treat illness by offering and praying to forest spirit. It took me about three years to convince villagers in the village about malaria, its prevention, treatment, and for them to follow all the steps and recommendations and treatment. Now it is getting better; they know where to look for diagnosis and treatment. They are also sharing information with others to come to me when they suspect themselves of having malaria. Another small thing is that sometimes the monthly meeting is conflicting with other meetings I have as the village chief, but I try to make it works and make time for the VMW works related meeting.

I think it benefits my community because I raise awareness of malaria transmission that not because of forest spirit that makes them sick, but from mosquito bites. It is about knowledge sharing about malaria at places with a high risk of malaria. Now, the malaria cases in the village are decreasing. I would like to have refresher training per year and want to see an increase in financial incentives for this volunteer work. Having a uniform for VMW would also be nice because the villager will be able to recognize us when we speak to them in their house.

 
 
 
 
 

Recent Publications – WHO

  1. WHO World Malaria Report 2019
  2. Technical brief-Malaria, Gender and Human rights
 
 
 
 
 

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