The Regional Malaria CSO Platform, GMS is a network of Civil Society Organizations(CSO) from the Global Fund RAI implementing countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Platform serves as the community and CSO engagement mechanism forthe Global Fund RAI grant. The Regional Malaria CSOPlatform plays a key role in advocacy, communication, and engagement for the marginalized and vulnerable communities.
We call on governments, national programs, and donors to:
1. Protect frontline malaria workers and field staff at the community level by providing appropriate and sufficient supply of effective PPE that are contextually appropriate and practical to use, including face masks and hand sanitizers/soap.
2. Adapt essential health and malaria services to reflect the varying social, cultural, financial, and geographical differences between communities, particularly in the context of COVID-19.
3. Communicate regularly with civil society stakeholders about national strategies and updated health information to increase the quality of services and understanding of the current health situation. This includes timely preparation and rapid dissemination of relevant COVID-19 education and communication materials for malaria volunteers.
4. Provide timely communication on anticipated shortages and ensure a continuous supply of malaria commodities at all levels of the distribution chain to all front-line services. This includes exemptions to travel restrictions, preventing import delays and clearance times and meaningful collaboration between all stakeholders.
5. Provide rights-based universal coverage of malaria services for at-risk and marginalized populations, particularly those in hard to reach areas and those with varying legal status.
6. Capitalize on available technology to maintain essential malaria data, continue surveillance activities, provide oversight, and assure quality services.
7. Regularly assess the impact of COVID-19 on malaria elimination progress and proactively identify mitigation measures for identified challenges.
According to the Malaria Free Mekong