URC and the Myanmar Ministry of Health Sign a Memorandum of Understanding to Address Malaria

URC’s Dr. Kheang Soy Ty (left) and Dr. Min Than Nyunt shake hands after signing the MOU. Photo by Thin Thin Chit.Dr. Min Than Nyunt, Director General of the Myanmar Department of Health, and Dr. Kheang Soy Ty, URC’s Chief of Party of the USAID Control and Prevention of Malaria project (CAP-Malaria), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in mid-December to enable URC to address malaria in Myanmar. The signing took place in Naypyi Taw, Myanmar, on December 20th.

World Malaria Day 2012: Cross-border Collaboration in Southeast Asia

This image from a job aid helps promote bed net use among migrant workers in Cambodia.Today, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar coordinated the first cross-border, multi-country celebration of World Malaria Day in Southeast Asia through a series of educational events and activities. This collaboration reflects the purpose and approach of the Control and Prevention of Malaria Project (CAP-Malaria), funded by the US Agency for International Development and managed by University Research Co., LLC, which convened the activities with local health authorities.

URC and Myanmar Ministry of Health to Begin Malaria Control Activities

Dr. May Aung Lin, CAP-Malaria Country Program Manager (left), and Dr. Htun Naing Oo, Director General, Department of Health, shake hands after signing the letter of agreement.Last month, University Research Co. (URC) and the Myanmar Ministry of Health agreed to work together to battle malaria, paving the way for the USAID Control and Prevention of Malaria Project (CAP-Malaria) to begin in Myanmar. CAP-Malaria strives to prevent and control malaria infections and to contain the spread of multi-drug resistant malaria in the border regions of Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

Ambassador Kenney Visits URC Project in Thailand

Ambassador Kenney Visits URC Project in ThailandU.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney visited the Control and Prevention of Malaria (CAP-Malaria) Project last month in Ranong, which is in southern Thailand on the border with Myanmar. She learned about some of CAP-Malaria’s strategies for cross-border malaria control and motivated local health officials and CAP-Malaria staff to continue collaborating across the border.

CAP-Malaria supports Cambodian MOH to develop the first standard operating procedures for malaria microscopy quality assurance

The new SOPs (cover pictured here) provide guidelines for laboratories nationwide on conducting quality microscopy for malaria diagnosis.The Cambodian Ministry of Health published its first National Standard Operational Procedure (SOP) for Malaria Microscopy Quality Assurance in May. The SOPs were developed with support from URC, which has worked closely with the National Malaria Center (CNM) through the USAID Malaria Control in Cambodia (MCC) and subsequent Control and Prevention of Malaria (CAP-Malaria) projects.

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