Report of the programmatic review of the national malaria control programme in Thailand
Other TitlesBangkok, thailand, 16-26 August 2011
AbstractThe external review of the National Malaria Control Programme of Thailand was facilitated by the World Health Organization Mekong Malaria Programme (WHO MMP) together with the Bureau of Vector Borne Diseases (BVBD), Ministry of Pubic Health, Thailand from 15 to 26 August 2011. The general objective of the review was to assess the current policies, strategies, delivery mechanisms, monitoring and surveillance systems and general programmatic performance of the national programme, in order to provide advocacy for sustained support from political leaders and decision- makers for malaria elimination in Thailand. Reviewers also looked at the cost-effectiveness of programme management and health system strengthening towards malaria elimination. Overall, the BVBD has made significant positive programme achievements based on recommendations made during the last external programme review in 1995. However, more needs to be done to achieve the elimination targets. The field observations, interviews and discussions with main stakeholders in Thailand have resulted in an analysis of strengths and weaknesses, followed by recommendations being made to the Ministry of Health in the following domains: (1) programme management and policies; (2) use and flow of epidemiological information; (3) disease management (diagnosis, treatment and drug-resistance monitoring); (4) vector control and entomology, and vector bionomics; (5) information, education and communication/behavior change communication (IEC/BCC) targeting migrant/mobile populations and ethnic minority communities; (6) malaria control operations at international border regions; and (7) financing.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2013). Report of the programmatic review of the national malaria control programme in Thailand. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206269