Thailand may have to meet the cost of fighting drug-resistant malaria if international funding sources are cut, the head of the Disease Control Department says.
Global Funding of Innovation for Neglected Diseases, which has been providing funding to curb the spread of drug-resistant malaria on the borders with Cambodia and Myanmar, is cutting contributions, said Pornthep Siriwanarangsan, head of the Disease Control Department. The organisation is likely to pledge less funding to Thailand after 2015 due to the global economic crunch, Dr Pornthep said.
Southeast Asian countries facing the threat of drug-resistant malaria vowed at an international conference in Australia last month to fight the disease and improve therapeutic efficacy.
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