Shrinking the Malaria Map

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

MEG I Meeting

23 March 2008

March 23-26, 2008
Santa Cruz, California

The MEG held its inaugural meeting in March, 2008 in Santa Cruz, California. The two and a half day meeting explored the successes and failures of historical and recent elimination efforts, as well as the many gaps and challenges that countries face when pursuing elimination today. The Group discussed a 3-part strategy for achieving global eradication, and agreed on a strategic vision for “shrinking the map,” or spatially progressive elimination. The MEG agreed that a specific concern of the group will be the challenge of eliminating Plasmodium vivax. MEG members agreed to produce A Prospectus on Malaria Elimination as an initial resource for countries to use when making their decision on whether, when, and how to pursue elimination.