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The anti-malarial drug Artemisinin has been found ineffective to cure the type malaria given by certain species of parasites. These artemisinin-resistant organisms are slowing down the international efforts to eradicate malaria. The first reports of resistant parasites have been observed in the borders of Cambodia and Thailand, and Thailand and Myanmar.

There seems to be a strong association between a region of chromosome 13 on the P falciparum genome and slower effectiveness rates, although this has yet to be confirmed. Several international efforts to contain the effects of these new drug-resistant parasites are being implemented. These include the Tracking Resistance to Artemisinin Collaboration>, funded by the UK Government Department for International Development (DFID) and the Global Plan for Arteminisinin resistance containment, created by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The first project is researching the issue in itself; the latter has outlined the necessary steps to research the causes of the phenomenon and, also, to contain and prevent the spreading of artemisinin resistance.

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