Malaria Elimination Background Papers Series

A series of background papers documenting strategies and recommendations relevant to malaria eliminating countries is now available. Evidence-based recommendations on program management, surveillance, importation and mass drug administration in malaria eliminating countries are put forth in four papers:

Program Management Issues in Implementation of Elimination Strategies

Surveillance Systems to Facilitate Malaria Elimination

Effective Responses to Malaria Importation

Review of Mass Drug Administration and Primaquine Use

Welcome to the Malaria Elimination Group (MEG) website. The MEG is a group of 48 international experts convened by the UCSF Global Health Group to elaborate the scientific, technical, operational, financial, and programmatic issues that countries need to consider when pursuing or embarking on malaria elimination. This website hosts a collection of resources and information specifically on malaria elimination from the latest peer-reviewed journals to reports and news from recent events occurring around the world.

Sean Parker Supports UCSF to Advance Research on Vector Control

Sean Parker, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist, has donated $4.5 million to UCSF's Global Health Group to launch a research program on innovative vector control. The new research program, led by the UCSF Global Health Group's Malaria Elimination Initiative, will look beyond bed nets and indoor spraying to other interventions and methods – some old, some new – that have the potential to radically increase the effectiveness of mosquito control efforts. Examples include improved housing materials, environmental engineering, aerial insecticide spraying to kill mosquito larvae, and new tools under development, such as transgenic mosquitoes, fungal biopesticides, and nanoparticle insecticide delivery that controls the release of insecticides over time or by using triggers such as rainfall or temperature. The Global Health Group's Malaria Elimination Initiative will engage a wide range of entomological, epidemiological and modeling experts from California and around the world to advance this work.

Read the full press release: Sean Parker Supports UCSF to Advance Research on Mosquito Control for Malaria Elimination

9th MEG Meeting Summary now available

The 9th Malaria Elimination Group Meeting Summary Report summarizes the presentations and discussions of the three-day MEG meeting, held from October 14-17, 2014 in Sri Lanka. The meeting focused on Sri Lanka's success in eliminating malaria. After a turbulent past with malaria — on the brink of elimination in the 1960s before a deadly resurgence — the island nation has reported zero indigenous cases since November 2012. Presentations and discussion focused on learning from their achievement as well as how they can hold the line and prevent reintroduction. Other key themes from the meeting included the need for standardized elimination indicators, a debate of the use of Mass Screen and Treat as a strategy for elimination, the need for guidelines for calculating Population at Risk, and the role of the Global Fund in supporting global elimination and eradication goals.

Read: Summary of the ninth Malaria Elimination Group Meeting

Interview: Sri Lanka's Malaria History – Learning from the past and looking towards the future

As world malaria experts convened in Colombo from October 14-17 for the ninth Malaria Elimination Group meeting, we had the pleasure of getting a firsthand account of Sri Lanka's journey to becoming malaria free. Dr. Rajitha Wickremasinghe, Professor of Public Health at the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka and lead author of Maintaining zero: An update to the Sri Lanka malaria elimination case study, sat down with us for an interview - first sharing Sri Lanka's history with elimination that included a devastating resurgence, and then looking ahead to the challenges that remain in maintaining a malaria-free future.

Read the full interview: Sri Lanka's Malaria History – Learning from the past and looking towards the future.