MEG II Meeting
September 30-October 3, 2008
Durban, South Africa
Co-hosted with the South African Medical Research Council
The MEG’s second meeting was held in Durban, South Africa and was co-hosted with the South African Medical Research Council (MRC). Regional guests attended, representing Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius, and South Africa’s malaria programs. The meeting focused on updates from eight eliminating countries (Botswana, China, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Vanuatu, and Zanzibar) and three cross-border initiatives (Trans-Zambezi Malaria Initiative, Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative, and Thai/Cambodia Initiative). The meeting also included discussion and debate of the first draft of Shrinking the Malaria Map: A Prospectus on Malaria Elimination. The MEG agreed to supplement the Prospectus with a high-level policy digest, A Guide on Malaria Elimination for Policy Makers. The MEG established that a role of the Group should be to provide the malaria community with evidence from countries that have successfully eliminated malaria – either national elimination or sub-national elimination – and that conducting case studies and disseminating evidence-based elimination resources will be a priority. The meeting was preceded by an optional two-day study tour of the MRC’s work on the Lubombo Spatial Development Initiative (LSDI) in KwaZulu-Natal, a highly successful, innovative regional program between the governments of South Africa, Swaziland, and Mozambique to control and reduce the prevalence of malaria along the countries’ shared borders.