Malaria Control in Cambodia (MCC)
From 2007 to 2011, in collaboration with the University Research Corporation and the National Malaria Center, PfD managed the USAID-funded “Malaria Prevention and Control in Cambodia Project” in the northwest provinces of Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey and Oddar Meanchey, with a focus on combating multi-drug resistant malaria. Program activities included capacity building, information sharing, education and communication, with emphasis on improving access to healthcare to vulnerable and underserved populations.
Working in collaboration with the Provincial Education Offices in Kratie and Koh Kong, PfD designed a curriculum for educating children on malaria transmission and prevention for its School Health Education programs. Based on the Child-to-Child Methodology, this program enables school children to become peer educators and disseminate key messages to siblings, parents and the community through games, songs, activities and community theater productions. To date, 55,702 children have been trained as peer educators in Malaria Health Education.
Migrant workers were another special focus group for the MCC project: when PfD began work in Kratie and Koh Kong, our initial research revealed that mobile and migrant populations had high levels of malaria and particularly low levels of treatment due to the nature of their work. Our research also found that these workers travel primarily by taxi. With this in mind, PfD recruited and trained local taxi drivers on malaria prevention and treatment. Over 20,000 migrant workers received health education and IEC materials. Due to the success of the pilot, the Battambang provincial health department has adopted it as one of its community-based malaria interventions. This activity also led to a joint research study with the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia investigating the prevalence of drug-resistant malaria in mobile and migrant populations. As a result of the study’s findings, PfD has developed a conceptual and operational framework to identify areas at risk of experiencing drug-resistant malaria outbreaks. PfD continues to refine this framework and develop it as an operational tool.