Historic progress has been made in the fight against malaria with millions of dollars spent on funding treatment and prevention programs around the world. Substantial economic growth has been seen in regions with decreased malaria cases, especially in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, including the six states of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yunnan ProvinceRead More ›
In PSI’s latest issue of Pulse, our digital quarterly report, we explore how smart innovation is feeding the pipeline for tomorrow’s health interventions around the globe — from teen centered programs actually created by teens to new ways to collect and analyze critical data to inform smarter decisions. Here’s a preview: PSI has pioneered the wayRead More ›
By Anna Dirksen, PSI Consultant Earlier this month, The Diplomat — one of the leading international news outlets for Asia-Pacific — published an article on a community-based HIV testing program in Cambodia, calling it “the first of its kind in the region”. The article describes the incredible battle Cambodians are waging against HIV, with anRead More ›
By Abigail Pratt, Malaria Technical Advisor, PSI Cambodia On this World Malaria Day, it’s important to reflect on the major ground we’ve gained. For example, in the last decade, Cambodia has achieved impressive results in its fight against the disease — so much so that it is now one of the 17 countries in SouthRead More ›
By Minal Bopaiah A recent JAMA article examining the accuracy of wearable devices highlights an underlying problem that pervades much of the health industry: adoption. The article authors discuss how pedometers have seen low adoption by consumers, even though studies have shown that these devices do help with health goals. Yet, the wearable devices thatRead More ›
Video by David Rochkind, shared with permission from CARE CARE recently brought a congressional delegation to Cambodia to highlight the great strides and continued obstacles in ensuring the health of mothers in developing countries. The group, which included Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX-12), Rep. Mike Quigley, (D-IL-05), Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL-04), and Former Assistant to PresidentRead More ›
Lining up to eliminate a major threat to humankind – Part 3
PSI Senior Vice President for Malaria Control and Child Survival Dr. Desmond Chavasse blogs about his recent trip to Cambodia and PSI’s work to eliminate drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. Below is part 3 of 3. (read part 1 or part 2) PSI, and others, have learned a great deal about malaria in Southeast Asia with the helpRead More ›
Lining up to eliminate a major threat to humankind – Part 2
PSI Senior Vice President for Malaria Control and Child Survival Dr. Desmond Chavasse blogs about his recent trip to Cambodia and PSI’s work to eliminate drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. Below is part 2 of 3. (read part 1) After Bill and Melinda Gates visited PSI in Cambodia, I spent several days there with myRead More ›
Lining up to eliminate a major threat to humankind – Part 1
PSI Senior Vice President for Malaria Control and Child Survival Dr. Desmond Chavasse blogs about his recent trip to Cambodia and PSI’s work to eliminate drug-resistant malaria in Southeast Asia. Below is part 1 of 3. Why Malaria, Why Southeast Asia, Why now? I first met Bill Gates for dinner in Nairobi in 2008. HisRead More ›
By Deputy Editor Tom Murphy
The development of artemisinin-based drugs to treat malaria proved to be one of the most important advancements in stopping malaria. Malaria deaths are down from 1 million in 2000 to 650,000 in 2010 due in part to medical advancements, greater coverage of insecticide treated bed nets and improved coordination. However, evidence of resistance to artemisinin-based drugs is popping up in southeast Asia.
What further complicates the problem is the location of the resistance. Experts are observing resistance on the Thai border with Myanmar and Cambodia as well as in Vietnam. “Resistance to chloroquine and pyrimethamine started here,” said Arjen Dondorp, director of malaria research at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok, to NPR. “Those two were very important drugs until recently. Very cheap, good drugs. We’ve lost them to resistance, especially here in the region. And then it has spread from here to the rest of the world.”Read More ›
PSI/Cambodia uses social marketing in Phnom Penh to bring OK condoms into the homes of the nation’s residents. The aim is to make a product that people want to use and thereby encourage safe and healthy family planning methods. Brad Arsenault, education officer for USAID’s mission in Cambodia, tells how a unique partnership developed between USAID and DfID to support the efforts of PSI and increase condom use in the country.
An excerpt from Frontlines:
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Building on years of collaboration, the Social Marketing and Behavior Change Intervention program was launched in 2007 as a new, collaborative five-year program for Cambodia. The program fundamentally changed the scope, operation, and, most importantly, the impact of USAID- and DFID-funded programs in Cambodia compared with earlier years. Both agencies realized that partnering would naturally strengthen their ability to achieve their goals.
At the same time, DFID began a global restructuring and a reduction of its footprint in certain regions and countries. While DFID wanted to continue to support Cambodia’s health-sector goals, it had to reduce its overhead costs and in-country staff.
A comprehensive study on the socio-economic impact of HIV at the household level in Asia was carried out by UNDP. The findings found that the “the region has been the inadequate efforts to mitigate the social and economic impact of the epidemic on people living with HIV, and their households.” Most notable of the findings were the impact that HIV had on women and girls. The study found:
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– Female-headed (non-widowed) HIV-affected households (HIV-HHs) in Cambodia and Indonesia were less likely to own their home than maleheaded (non-widowed) HIV-HHs. They were also less likely to own a motor-vehicle, and in Indonesia, less likely to own a non-motor vehicle.
– Female-headed HIV-HHs in Indonesia were more likely to be in debt than male-headed HIV-HHs.
– The majority of female widows in HIV-HHs in Indonesia and Viet Nam reported being denied a share in their deceased husband’s property and assets. In India, the overwhelming majority (79%) of widows living with HIV were denied such rights.
– Across the region, girls in HIV-HHs were the least likely to be attending school, and the most likely to have dropped-out.