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India helps in eradicating malaria in Cambodia

Under Mekong Ganga Cooperation Initiative of Government of India, five Quick Impact Projects in the fields of health, agriculture, women empowerment and skill development were approved during 2015-16 with grant assistance of US$ 50,000 for each project.

Center for Parasitology Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM) under Ministry of Health is implementing two Malaria Projects in Battambang and Pailin provinces of Cambodia viz. (i) Piloting of a strategy for community level directly observed treatment (DOT) of malaria in Battambang; and (ii) Developing a screening algorithm to optimize identification of asymptomatic malaria among migrants crossing the Cambodia-Thai borders in Pailin.  

These projects were launched in December 2015 and Embassy of India, Phnom Penh is working closely with CNM.   To monitor the progress of these two projects, Mr. Rajiv Kumar, Second Secretary, Embassy of India and Dr. Huy Rekol, Director, CNM and his team visited Samlot District, Battambang and Pailin near Cambodia-Thailand border on 4 and 5 August 2016.  They met Village Malaria Workers associated with these projects and held meetings with Provincial and District Health officials.  The two projects are progressing well and scheduled to meet their targets.

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