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Issue # 13 # December 2019
 
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Issue # 13 # December 2019
 
 

Malaria CSO platform, GMS update:Malaria CSO platform, GMS update:Malaria CSO platform, GMS update:
Regional malaria CSO platform, GMS participation in 1st writing committee meeting in preparation of the RAI3 funding request, 11-12 December 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

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RAI RSC CSO representative Dr. Frank Smithuis and alternate representative Dr. Htin Kyaw Thu attended the first writing committee meeting of the RAI3 in Bangkok during 11-12 December 2019 organized by RAI RSC secretariat. The CSO platform secretariat coordinated with RSC secretariat, RAI implementing CSO partners for the countries priorities to be highlighted and presented at the writing committee meeting. The meeting was mainly focused on the strategic priorities for the RAI3 funding request, including packages for the regional component. There was no significant comment on the package six where CSO platform is funded. However, the meeting members suggested having better collaboration between CSOs and National programs under the platform activities.

 
 
 
 
 

Country Update:
Vietnam
Health Poverty Action (HPA) Mr. E Kong Eban – A role model for malaria prevention in the community

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Mr. E Kong Eban was born on July 3, 1977 - is an ethnic E De and living at No. 115 - Buon Earong B - Krong Na Commune - Buon Don District - Dak Lak Province, Vietnam. His main occupation is a farmer and regularly going to the forest to look for forest products such as firewood and bamboo shoots to sell to increase his family's income in his spare time. Village health workers have identified him as being at high risk of malaria, and village health workers regularly visit his household and give malaria-related health education messages including the causes and symptoms as well as how to prevent malaria when working in the forest and village. The most important message that the village health worker always shared with him and other family members was, “When there is any manifestation of malaria, it is necessary to immediately go to the commune health clinic for testing and treatment malaria early to avoid acute malaria which can lead to death”. On November 29, 2019, after returning from the forest, he got a fever with chills. He immediately remembered the message from the village health worker and went to the Krong Na commune health clinic to test for malaria parasites. The lamp test results showed that he was positive for Falciparum malaria parasite and was given medicine by medical staff at the commune health clinic and asked to complete the medicine according to the instruction. Village health workers come to check medication compliance. After finishing the treatment, he was tested again at the commune health clinic, and the results showed that he was negative for the falciparum parasite. After getting malaria, he often meets with his neighbors to talk about the severity of malaria and encouraged people to take individual protection to protect themselves from malaria and if any indicators of suspicion of contracting malaria should immediately go to the commune health clinic to be tested and treated promptly. Mr. Ekong Eban is a good role model for villagers to follow the spirit of fighting malaria at the community level.

 
 

Myanmar
University Research Co., LLC (URC)
Prevention of reintroduction of malaria in the pilot malaria elimination area

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Targeting to the risk populations, URC Munaung Township Team conducted malaria screening activities and health education sessions to the migrant fishermen from Munaung before going to and after coming back from the fishing worksites in Ramree Township. There were no positive cases detected. Through intensive surveillance activities, Defeat Malaria Team in University Research Co., LLC has successfully managed to have malaria-free status in 2019 for Munaung Township, Southern Rakhine State, by actively engaging with vulnerable migrant populations in collaboration with Township Vector Borne Disease Control team and Township Malaria Elimination Coordination Committee.

 
 

Thailand
Raks Thai Foundation
Thailand CSO Consultation on draft standard operating procedures for RAI2E and RAI3

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Thailand’s decentralized implementation of the RAI2E grant brings some challenges, including different operating environments province to province, and potential inconsistencies in implementation across different provinces. Civil society organizations (CSOs) across Thailand took the initiative to meet on the 12th and 13th of December 2019 to clearly define and standardize current activities under RAI2E, including specific tasks, interactions with stakeholders, reporting requirements, and linkages with the national program. The expected outcome was to draft standard operating procedures that could be used to facilitate discussion with the national program for RAI3 and as a means of improving efficiencies within the current RAI2E grant implementation. The consultation was hosted by Raks Thai Foundation and included the participation of Thailand’s malaria Representative to the CCM, Dr. Krongthong Thimasarn. By meaningfully engaging all civil society organizations that are currently implementing RAI2E activities, the consensus was reached on draft standard operating procedures that were subsequently shared with the National Program and discussed in detail in a multi-stakeholder consultation on the 3rd of January 2020. The draft standard operating procedures will continue to be refined, particularly after feedback from affected communities and front-line community health workers at the 20 January 2020 Community Consultation for the RAI3 funding request.

 
 
 
 
 

Recent Resources and Publications:

  1. E-Learning Courses for 2020-2022 Global Funding Cycle
  2. Increasing trends of malaria in a border area of the Greater Mekong Subregion
    Authors - Jinting GengPallavi MallaJiaqi ZhangShiling XuCuiying LiYan ZhaoQinghui Wang Myat Phone Kyaw Yaming CaoZhaoqing Yang Liwang Cui

 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming National Community Consultations in January :

Five Country-led Community consultation meetings for country dialogue in five GMS countries to prepare the RAI3 funding request process will be conducted in January in all RAI2E implementing countries. The main objectives of the consultation include (i) to collect suggestions from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and community representatives for the Global Fund RAI concept note 2021-2023 based on the recommendations from previous consultations (ii) to present and discuss the outcomes of the consultation with CSO and community in the RAI country dialogue

 
 

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