GEMS 2019 Annual Report

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This report shares the results from the GEMS program’s fourth and final year, during which private provider networks consolidated in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam to focus on the areas of most need, tailoring services to best reach at-risk communities. At the end of 2019, PSI supported a total of 5,660 private outlets and malaria volunteers in the GMS, with the financial support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Fund, Comic Relief and WHO. These outlets include private registered clinics and pharmacies in all countries. In Cambodia, where private health providers are no longer authorized to provide malaria services, Mobile Malaria Workers (MMWs) are stationed on private worksites and in emerging forest-fringe communities. Together, this regional network conducted a total of 642,269 rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) across four countries and detected 6,298 positive cases, which were reported into national surveillance systems. PSI-supported networks detected and reported between 9% to 18% of the nationally reported caseload (based on available data) in Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam, but only 1.3% in Cambodia. Throughout the four years of the project, GEMS conducted 3,531,837 tests and detected 96,216 malaria cases.