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:
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.
Botswana is making great strides in reducing their malaria burden and is working towards a goal of national elimination by 2015. Progress between 2008 and 2012 is now documented in a new study written by national malaria program staff in the Malaria Journal. The article indicates that malaria elimination in Botswana is feasible but there will be challenges. Botswana must work to sustain its progress by managing imported cases via crucial cross-border initiatives and continuing to strengthen surveillance and reporting systems to ensure that interventions and resources are efficiently targeted.
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.