Story shared by Ms. Daw Myint Myint Khine, Village Malaria Volunteer, Myanmar.

My name is Daw Myint Myint Khine. I am a health volunteer (Integrated Community Malaria Volunteer -ICMV) of “Thet Kar Ya” village, Myanmar. I have been providing education concerning malaria prevention, and case diagnosis and management in the village since 2012 under CAP-Malaria Project. Starting from 2017, the Defeat Malaria project (funded by PMI/USAID) has continued supporting my work by providing ICMV training, supplying essential malaria commodities (LLINs, malaria rapid diagnosis test kits, medicines & PPE items, etc.), and has funded work-related operations. As a result, the access to malaria health care services has improved in this hard-to-reach area, and the community benefited from my tremendous voluntary contributions during these years. On reviewing the monthly malaria case management reports of the Defeat Malaria project for the period October 2020 – February 2021, I am able to test a total of 69-Malaria suspected cases (Male – 40, Female – 29) and out of which 16 people were confirmed positive (Male – 9, Female – 7). Among them, 11-patients (Male – 7, Female – 4) or 69% of the total tested positive.

“I am glad to be an ICMV as I love serving people. working for the well-being of the community is always fascinating to me and I think it is a respectful and honorable job for me.”