Improving access to malaria control services for migrant/mobile populations in the context of the ERAR in the GMS
1 to 3 April 2014 - Yangon, Myanmar
The GFATM Regional Artemisinin Initiative (RAI) involves Myanmar, Thailand, Lao PDR, Cambodia and Viet Nam. All 5 countries have interventions addressing cross border and migration issues to varying extents with either direct program or partner/NGO driven activities. Cross border issues can only be discussed as an inter-country dialogue and strategies harmonized where possible especially where populations need to access prevention, diagnosis, treatment and DOTS across borders.
For this informal consultation, the program directors and related M&E focal persons will be the key participants from Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and China. The informal consultation will also involve both the Principal Recipient (UNOPS) and the Sub Principal Recipients from the 4 countries along with implementing partners, key donor and development partners in these countries (A similar workshop for Cambodia, Laos, Viet Nam and China is planned for late April 2014, tentatively in Viet Nam). This will help ensure buy in from all stakeholders on cross border and migrant issues not just for the RAI but as a way forward in the GMS countries. We also feel that the timing of this proposed workshop is very relevant as the GFATM RAI is scheduled to start implementation by 1st quarter of 2014.
The general objectives of this consultation are:
- To harmonize migrant and cross border activities proposed with the country GFATM RAI and other donor/country initiatives.
- To standardize key data variables to be collected – definitions, frequency of reporting and platform/s for data sharing across countries.
- To identify constraints in cross-border collaboration particularly for malaria control that may need to be addressed through policy dialogue with national authorities.