The USAID Control and Prevention of Malaria Project (CAP-Malaria) is part of the President’s Malaria Initiative to rapidly scale up malaria prevention and treatment interventions and reduce malaria-related mortality. Awarded to University Research Co. LLC (URC) and its partners, Save the Children and Kenan Institute Asia, in October 2011, CAP-Malaria strives for systematic control of malaria in affected border regions of Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma, aiming to contain the spread of multi-drug resistant P. falciparum malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
It works with USAID missions, governments, nongovernmental organizations, local communities and partner agencies to implement innovative strategies to improve access to preventive and curative services, increase the availability and use of strategic malaria control information, and strengthen the capacity of malaria control partners.
The project has a strong focus on geographically focused cross-border areas, where there is already strong evidence of artemisinin resistance. Particularly at risk are temporary residents in these areas, such as mobile and migrant workers at farms and plantations, and in infrastructure and development projects. These populations are reached best through community-level interventions such as outreach and services by village malaria workers and mobile teams, partnerships with local employers (such as farmers and plantation owners), and strong referral linkages with health facilities equipped for microscopy and capable of treating severe cases.
A second key strategy for CAP-Malaria is to engage new partners in the private sector and civil society. These partners are key to the project’s health systems strengthening approach which promotes coordination between different service delivery providers and builds capacity at each level. CAP-Malaria works with partners to engage the formal and informal private practitioners to comply with the national treatment guidelines. In addition, the project is forming linkages with the private sector employers and civil society partners to maximize reach to target populations.
|Location||East Asia and Pacific, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma|