Emergency response to artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong subregion. Regional framework for action 2013-2015
The detection of P. falciparum resistance to artemisinins in border areas across the Greater Mekong subregion is a matter of great concern. Expanding access to artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) is part of the reason for the remarkable recent success in reducing the global malaria burden. Efforts to contain the resistance are ongoing in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. The Emergency response to artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong subregion aims to strengthen current efforts and increase cross-border collaboration on containing resistance and eventually eliminating malaria.
The framework identifies four priority areas where action is needed in the coming years to contain artemisinin resistance and move towards elimination of malaria:
- Reach all at-risk groups with full coverage of quality interventions in priority areas;
- Achieve tighter coordination and management of field operations;
- Better information for artemisinin resistance containment; and
- Strengthen regional oversight and support.