ment and prevention project in the border areas of
Myanmar (formerly Burma), Thailand and Cambodia, where cross-border migrant workers and
other hard-to-reach populations have an elevated
risk of contracting and then spreading the disease.
To execute the Control and Prevention of Malaria
(CAP-Malaria) project in Myanmar, USAID’s principal implementing agency University Research Co.
(URC) turned to Save the Children, a United States-based not-for-profit.
Set to conclude in 2016, the CAP-Malaria project
comprises encouraging at-risk communities to take
preventive measures such as using insecticide-treated
bed nets; training local healthcare workers to diagnose
and treat the disease; collecting and analyzing data to
ore than 1. 3 billion people in South-
east Asia are vulnerable to malaria, a
potentially fatal disease transmitted
by mosquitos in tropical and subtropical climates.
Thanks to prevention efforts and antimalarial medicines, rates of infection have declined dramatically since 1999 in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos,
Thailand and Vietnam. Unfortunately, new drug-resistant strains of malaria have emerged in remote
and impoverished areas of these countries. Left
unchecked, they could travel from small villages to
large cities and then spread throughout the region.
To contain the spread of drug-resistant malaria,
the U.S. Agency for International Development
(USAID) funded a five-year, US$24 million contain-
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Prevention of Malaria
Agency for International Development,
Co., Save the Children