In order to wipe out malaria, Thailand is considering radical approaches including massive drug administration, screening and treatment. But sources of funding for these initiatives have yet to be identified.
Scientists have confirmed that drug-resistant strains of malaria have been emerging in the Thai-Cambodian border prompting a drive to eradicate the disease. The region has seen resistance to effective malaria treatments including chloroquine and sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine.
Thailand’s malaria budget, however, has been cut and will soon be integrated into the nation’s general health spending, Wichai Satima, director of the Ministry of Public Health, said as quoted by Ann Morgan in a piece published in the Guardian. The article is one of the professional winners of the Guardian’s International Development Journalism Competition 2010.
“If we are going to contain or eliminate malaria we must have more Global Fund [to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria] money,” the director said. “The problem is the whole world’s problem. They have to help us. We cannot do it by ourselves.”