Shrinking the Malaria Map

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

Turkey

Turkey reported no local cases of malaria in 2014 and 2015, beating their elimination goal by one year. 

Turkey launched a national malaria eradication program in 1957, which dramatically reduced the disease burden in a short period of time. By the end of 1974, 93% of the country was in the consolidation phase. Transmission of P. vivax was limited to focal areas in the southeast of the country, while P. falciparum and P. malariae had been successfully eliminated. However, several large-scale epidemics occurred over the next 30 years and the malaria situation did not begin to improve until the late 1990s. In 2009, Turkey launched a national strategy to eliminate malaria by the end of 2015; their efforts were successful, as Turkey reported no local cases of malaria in 2014 and 2015, beating their elimination goal by one year. 

0 # of cases (2015)
2015
Elimination goal
Upper middle
Income level
Reported cases
Reported cases
P vivax transmission limit (2010)
P vivax transmission limit (2010)

Challenges to elimination