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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 90-94

Containing artemisinin resistance of Plasmodium falciparum in Myanmar: achievements, challenges and the way forward

1 Department of Health, Ministry of Health, Myanmar
2 National Malaria Control Programme, Ministry of Health, Myanmar
3 Malaria Unit, WHO Office of the Representative to Myanmar, Myanmar
4 Former National Malaria Control Programme Manager, Ministry of Health, Myanmar
5 Malaria Unit, WHO Office of the Representative to Myanmar
6 independant consultant
7 WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Krongthong Thimasarn
Malaria Unit, WHO Office of the Representative to Myanmar
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DOI: 10.4103/2224-3151.206893

PMID: 28607262

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Artemisinin resistance is a major threat to global malaria control and elimination efforts. Myanmar detected the first indication of the resistance in 2009 in the eastern part of the country, bordering Thailand. Since 2010, WHO has played a vital role in ensuring that a comprehensive programme on the containment of the resistance is in place. This paper documents achievement made in terms of output, outcomes and early impact on malaria from July 2011 to December 2013. It also identifies enabling factors to success and, most importantly, challenges awaiting the national programme and its partners.

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