Field visit note: 8 – 10 March, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

During the 8th – 10th March, the Malaria Free Mekong secretariat organized a field visit in Kanchanaburi province along the Thai – Myanmar border. The purpose of the visit was to understand the reason for increased malaria cases in the province during 2021, especially malaria among children. Children are still at high risk in the community near the forested area and along the border. Due to the school closure following the COVID-19 prevention measures, school children spend most of their time outdoors for online study and playing. Some of the villages are located in the plantations with semi-open houses making them more vulnerable to a mosquito bites.