Malaria Control in Cambodia (MCC)
Country of Operation
- University Research Company (URC)For-profit
- Provincial Health DepartmentGovernment
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryMCC is a community-based control and prevention project to reduce malaria-related impacts in the western part of Cambodia. URC does this through the provision of support to the Cambodian National Malaria Control Program (CNMCP), along with sub-national and private sector programs.
The purpose of the introduction of the MCC project was to improve the quality of malaria service delivery care and support the promotion of better health seeking behaviors through the provision of financial, technical and material inputs to public, private and community providers, and community mobilization for proper malaria managements and preventions.
Key program components
URC supports and facilitates the training of public, private and community providers on malaria case management such as early diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and timely patient referral. URC laboratory specialists provide on-the-job training and coaching to laboratory technicians to improve the quality of microscopy confirmations. Support also focuses on the improvement of logistic procedures by procuring additional diagnostic tools and facilitating supply management to ensure adequate supplies at peripheral facilities. URC works to strengthen the managerial capacity of malaria staff at PHD (Provincial Health Department) and OD (Operational District) including planning, coordinating, monitoring and evaluation procedures. Videos are used to train health workers by highlighting the methods in treating uncomplicated malaria, severe cases, and malaria in pregnant women, children, and mobile migrant populations. In the communities, URC, in collaboration with provincial and district malaria advisors, makes use of community networks, including Village Health Volunteers (VHV) and Village Malaria Workers (VMW) to screen malaria cases, conduct malaria-related health education, and distribute insecticide treated nets. VMWs are trained on how to diagnose malaria and provide basic treatment services for uncomplicated cases. Mass media is also used to promote awareness of malaria in the communities; posters containing key messages of case management, malaria preventions, counterfeit anti-malaria drugs, and proper places for health care are distributed to communities, mainly those who are migrant or mobile.
By 2011, the program reached 340,000 people with malaria related health education.