Shrinking the Malaria Map

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

The Path Towards Eradication

All countries that are working to reduce their malaria burden, whether they are controlling malaria or actively pursuing elimination, are on a continuum that ranges from high transmission to low transmission to zero cases and preventing reintroduction. Since transmission is heterogeneous in most countries, one country can be at multiple points on this continuum at the same time. Once a country reports zero cases for three consecutive years, it can apply to WHO for malaria-free certification.

Adapted from WHO

Eradicating Malaria

The malaria community stands at a pivotal moment in history. With recent progress in progressive elimination, and with exciting tools in the development pipeline to complement new global elimination strategies put forth in Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 (GTS)Action and Investment to Defeat Malaria (AIM) 2016-2030, and From Aspiration to Action: What Will it Take to End Malaria?, we can achieve global eradication within a generation. Greater political commitments, sustained financial investments, and enhanced regional initiatives for malaria elimination will be required to tip the balance and achieve a malaria-free world. While a global eradication goal has yet to be set, 2040 has been proposed to begin the conversation.