Shrinking the Malaria Map

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

Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication

Since 2000, the fight against malaria has made exceptional progress. Strong political commitment, robust funding, and effective tools and strategies have led to tremendous strides forward, and we are now poised to embark on a journey towards global eradication of the disease. Malaria eradication, the permanent cessation of all human malaria species worldwide, will be a tremendous undertaking that will require concerted global efforts across multiple sectors.

The Lancet Commission on Malaria Eradication is an international group of 27 leading experts that are developing the evidence base to inform strategies to eradicate malaria at national, regional, and global levels. The Commission is a joint endeavor between The Lancet and the Global Health Group at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and is designed to complement the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication. The aim of the Commission is to provide the critical research needed to influence the policies and decisions that affect malaria funding, while building consensus and commitment around the goal of eradication.

The Commission’s report will be submitted for peer review in early 2019, and will address the following questions:

  • How will malaria trends be impacted by urbanization, climate change, and population growth in the coming decades? 
  • What are the costs and benefits of eradicating malaria, and what financing opportunities will be available?
  • What are the biggest challenges that lie ahead for successful malaria eradication?
  • How can we optimize the use of existing tools to better address challenges and what new tools and technologies will be required?

The Commission’s work will emphasize the dual imperative to shrink the malaria map while intensely reducing the burden of disease in high transmission areas. The Commission will pay special attention to the endgame: the last battles that will likely play out in high transmission countries in equatorial Africa. The Commission will also examine the role of international and domestic financing in achieving eradication, as well as the role of cross-sectoral political commitment. The Commission’s seminal publication will enable decision-makers to identify the scientific, operational and financial requirements to create a malaria-free world.

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