Malaria Elimination: Who is Really at Risk?

GEMS_Who-is-Really-at-Risk-Mar-17.pdf

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GEMS-Learning-Paper-Who-is-Really-at-Risk-Mar-17.pdf

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The regional and national strategies in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) pay special attention to mobile and migrant populations (MMPs) as the key at-risk group in the region, often identifying them as a significant barrier to malaria elimination. This generalization, however, can mask the reality that not all MMPs are at risk malaria, and that some people who are neither mobile nor migrants, are at-risk. This document presents an alternative approach to thinking and talking about risk factors, and how this can be translated into strategy and action. This thought paper draws on existing literature and data, as well as PSI’s experience in malaria programming in the GMS through the GEMS project.