USAID, WHO Hold Malaria Forum in Phnom Penh
- From: "Chim" <ChimS1@xxxxxxx>
- Date: 22 Mar 2007 18:35:31 -0700
USAID, WHO Hold Malaria Forum
To help fight the devastating effects of malaria in countries like
Cambodia, governments need to exchange information, strengthen
official capabilities, search for development partners and practice
good governance, delegates of a malaria conference in Phnom Penh said
The 11th Asian Malaria Forum, hosted by USAID and the World Health
Organization and attended by Southeast Asian nations and China,
wrapped up in Phnom Penh this week, following a year where Cambodia
saw malaria cases rise from 60,000 to more than 100,000.
National Malaria Center Director Duong Socheat said the malaria
situation was worse in Cambodia than other countries in the region and
blamed last year's outbreak on heavy rains and increasing moves by
people into new rural locations.
He appealed to those showing symptoms to seek medical attention from
The country needs 40,000 to 50,000 mosquito nets per year to
successfully fight the disease, he said.
The mosquitoes that carry malaria bite at night, so families who sleep
under nets are better protected from the disease.
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