Cambodia and Thailand step up health cooperation
The Cambodian and Thai Health Ministries have signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation in the health sector, including their fight against communicable diseases in border provinces. A joint statement highlighted that the agreement covered monitoring, protection and control of diseases in border areas, the elimination of malaria, strengthening human resources and increased management of infectious diseases in order to improve existing disease transmission systems. Between 2017 and 2019, top priorities for both sides include the eradication of malaria along the border and a public health emergency response programme. The two countries have also agreed to promote the implementation of an action plan over the next three years. Since the cooperation between the two countries began, cases of malaria and other communicable diseases have drastically decreased in the province and Thailand’s Trat province.