Professor Frank Smithuis
Fighting malaria in Myanmar
Although malaria is decreasing in Myanmar, resistance to anti-malarials is on the rise in the region and the focus is now to treat people early, particularly in remote communities. MOCRU has set up a network of community health workers, trained and supplied with diagnostics, bednets and treatments, to help improve access to healthcare as well as produce the evidence to encourage policy changes.
Myanmar Oxford Clinical Research Unit
Frank Smithuis's interests include the epidemiology and management of malaria- in particular artemisinin resistant malaria- the aetiology and management of fever, and the management of tuberculosis, HIV and opportunistic infections.
The research unit is linked to a network of 6 clinics and 650 Community Health workers in remote areas. Most research questions originate from the day to day health issues in this network.
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