Case Study Series on Malaria Elimination Launched
The UCSF Global Health Group and the WHO Global Malaria Programme, in collaboration with ministries of health, have published a first-of-its kind series of case studies on malaria elimination. The first four case studies of this series — on Cape Verde, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Turkmenistan — chronicle the countries' malaria histories, program successes, challenges and future outlooks, presenting new evidence about what works — and what does not — for reaching and sustaining zero malaria transmission.
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.
The island of Hispaniola, home to both the Dominican Republic and Haiti, is the last island in the Caribbean with malaria transmission. While the countries almost successfully eliminated malaria in the 1960s, challenges in maintaining adequate levels of financing and interventions contributed to a resurgence of the disease a decade later. A new report which analyzes the technical, operational, and financial requirements to finally achieve elimination on the island is now available. The study found that with the addition of key strategies including targeted parasite interventions, strengthened surveillance systems, and increased financial resources, Hispaniola will be able to eliminate malaria by 2020.
Read the full report: The Feasibility of Eliminating Malaria on the Island of Hispaniola, with a Focus on Haiti
Read the policy brief: The Feasibility of Eliminating Malaria on the Island of Hispaniola, with a Focus on Haiti
New information is now available from a recent publication in PLOS ONE, "Determinants of Malaria Program Expenditures During Elimination: Case Study Evidence from Select Provinces in the Philippines". Researchers compared malaria expenditures in four provinces, each varying in malaria burden, remoteness, ability to provide services to vulnerable populations, financial resources, and organizational structure. Despite the differences, the researchers found an overall trend of decreasing expenditure as the provinces moved from malaria control to elimination to prevention of introduction.
An updated series of malaria-eliminating country briefings is now available. Designed for a broad audience interested in malaria elimination, each country briefing provides a thorough yet succinct account of the country's past and present malaria situation. Briefings document malaria and health financing indicators and strategies and remaining challenges to achieving and maintaining malaria elimination. The briefings incorporate data from the World Health Organization's 2012 World Malaria Report as well as peer-reviewed literature and other publicly available resources.