WHO LAO PDR and Lao PDR Ministry of Health have done great efforts in the past years to erradicate malaria from within its borders. The last stronghold for this parasite in the country is in Attapeu province in some really localized sectors where many people live close to or inside wild forest areas. With the great effort of local community volunteers, Volunteer Malaria Workers (VMW), have helped to build a rapid test and treatment network which helps the early stop for community outbreaks and front line treatment for infected people. A type of malaria in the region can still be deadly if left untreated. Medical treatments of infected farmers and pasive protection, such as mosquito nets ( the mosquito transmiting malaria is active from dusk till down) are key to erradicate the parasite transmition.
I did this photos while working with WHO Lao PDR on October 2022
Mrs. Khounmy, a village malaria worker, performs malaria tests to suspected cases in her community and distributes mosquito nets.
Mr. Bounoiy, a village malaria worker, lives with his family at a temporary site near the forest.