SMRU was established in 1986 in Shoklo refugee camp on the Thai-Myanmar border. It is a field station of the faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, and is part of the Mahidol-Oxford Research Unit (MORU) supported by the Wellcome Trust (UK).
For more details on the history of the research program of the Mahidol Oxford University Research Unit, download the 30 years anniversary brochure.
Providing diagnosis, treatment and prevention measures against malaria and other infectious diseases in the uprooted Burmese population of Tak Province, Thailand
New wave of drug-resistant
When an intense fever overcame 50-year-old Daw Cho Cho last spring, she took the same steps as when she last had malaria.
Malaria Task Force: Background
There are more than 100,000 refugees and many more migrant workers living along the Thai-Myanmar border (See the Map). This area is endemic for malaria which results in symptomatic infection in all age groups. In 1992 in Shoklo (formerly one of the camps), the attack rate was 0.4 per year for the potentially fatal P.falciparum parasite (which accounted for approximately 70% of infections).P.vivax accounted for 20% of cases, the remaining being mixed PF/PV. The most important medical problem confronting the border communities is the increasing anti-malarial drug resistance. The main consequence of the deterioration of treatment efficacy is anaemia. Children are particularly susceptible to malaria induced anaemia.