Shrinking the Malaria Map

UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI)

Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication

The Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication is an international advisory group of leading experts that are developing evidence to guide eradication strategies at national, regional, and global levels. A joint endeavor between The Lancet and the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the Commission will elaborate the scientific, operational, and financial requirements to achieve a world free from malaria. The Commission’s work follows that of the Malaria Elimination Group, also convened by the UCSF Global Health Group, and will complement the work of WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication.

Over the next year, the Lancet Commission will develop a detailed analysis of why and how malaria eradication should be pursued, including the costs and potential return on investment. Through mapping and modeling, the Commission will determine key factors that will positively or negatively affect malaria transmission. In addition to proposing solutions for the highest burden areas, experts will explore the potential impact of future innovations and describe the operational requirements for achieving global eradication, including those related to health systems, leadership, and management. The vision, strategy, and evidence presented in this report will serve as a catalyst for future work in malaria eradication, furthering policy development and analyses and allowing for ongoing adaptation as new circumstances arise. The Commission’s report will be published by The Lancet in 2019.

The Commission includes 26 of the world’s leading scientists, policymakers, and implementation experts, and the Commission will be chaired by Sir Richard Feachem, DSc(Med), PhD, who directs UCSF’s Global Health Group. Commissioners have expertise in a wide range of topic areas deemed essential to informing the malaria eradication agenda, including global development, disease eradication, drug resistance, economics, spatial epidemiology, evolutionary biology, and more. The UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative is the Secretariat for the Commission. Financial support for the Commission’s work is provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

For more information on the Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication:

Membership list 

Meeting notes - Steyning, UK, May 7 – 10, 2018
Meeting notes
- Santa Cruz, CA, US, October 24 – 27, 2017