IOM, Cambodia Launch New Project to Detect, Manage TB among Migrants on Thai-Cambodian Border

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IOM, Cambodia Launch New Project to Detect, Manage TB among Migrants on Thai-Cambodian Border

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Poipet – IOM and the Cambodian National Centre for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control (CENAT) have launched a new collaboration to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) among Cambodian migrants returning from Thailand. The project, which is funded by the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, will provide TB screening, diagnosis, health education, and referral support to over 100,000 migrants over the next three years.

The Poipet border between Thailand and Cambodia, in Cambodia’s Banteay Meachey province, is the main crossing point for Cambodian irregular migrants returned by the Thai immigration authorities. According to Poipet officials, over 70,000 were returned through the Poipet in 2017. As irregular migrants working in Thailand, many suffered from poor working and living conditions and had limited access to healthcare, making them especially vulnerable to TB.... ... -cambodian

On a side note, TB has been diagnosed 3x in my village of 200 in the last month and resulted in death already. Few wear masks and seem to think if they wash their hands everything will be fine. At the funeral of the victim of TB, when people from the next town asked about the masks some mourners were wearing they were told there was a cold/flu going around so as not to scare them away from the dinner. gambling and of course contribution. While everyone has smartphones, few seem smart enough to google how to prevent the spread of this disease.
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