Shrinking the Malaria Map

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


Our Malaria Elimination Toolkit provides national malaria programs and implementing partners with evidence-based, user-friendly tools to strengthen malaria elimination efforts worldwide. Each tool specifies the target user, from surveillance officers and national malaria control program managers to healthcare providers. Many of these tools have been used successfully in malaria-eliminating countries, such as Indonesia, Swaziland, and China—leading to policy and programmatic changes that are accelerating elimination efforts.

USAID awards global malaria contract to UCSF’s Malaria Elimination Initiative and partners to advance malaria service delivery in 28 countries

The Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) at the University of California, San Francisco Global Health Group is part of a group of partners that has been awarded a new contract by USAID to support the President’s Malaria Initiative’s Advancing the Progress of Malaria Service Delivery (APMSD) project in 28 malaria-affected countries.

New evidence shows potential of two drugs to block malaria transmission

Findings Could Speed Elimination of Malaria, Including its Drug-Resistant Forms

An international team of researchers has shown that two different compounds—one, an older malaria drug, the other a common laboratory dye with known antimalarial properties—can safely and effectively be added to treatment regimens to block transmission of the most common form of malaria in Africa

This development could help reduce the spread of P. falciparum malaria, including its drug-resistant forms, thus speeding progress toward elimination of the disease.

Malaria elimination featured in global disease control priorities project

The US launch of Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition (DCP3), was held at the University of California, San Francisco today. The DCP3 is a comprehensive, nine-volume series that outlines the world’s most pressing health issues, ranging from infectious diseases to cancer to maternal and child health. It provides up-to-date evidence on the efficacy of existing strategies and tools, as well as extended cost effectiveness analyses. Last updated in 2006, this most recent edition of the DCP includes for the first time a chapter on malaria elimination and eradication.

Malaria elimination highlights from World Malaria Report 2017

The World Malaria Report tracks global progress towards the goals set out in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2015 – 2030. This year’s report paints a challenging picture, showing that funding for the malaria response has plateaued and the world is not on track to achieve its 2020 targets. Malaria cases have gradually risen since 2014, with the largest increases occurring in Africa and the Americas. Gaps in coverage with lifesaving tools remain, with bednet coverage less than 50% in some African countries.

Building effective regional partnerships to eliminate malaria

Cross-border transmission of malaria poses a significant challenge to successful elimination of the disease. To address this challenge, country programs and international donors are increasingly focusing on regional approaches to malaria elimination. Regional initiatives (RIs) are multi-country and multi-sector partnerships with governmental support that work towards common goals. RIs often provide unique solutions to challenges that countries may struggle to address on their own.

Q&A: Understanding new economic evidence to accelerate malaria elimination in the Asia Pacific

Ben Rolfe, CEO, Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance
Susann Roth, Senior Development Specialist, Asian Development Bank
Rima Shretta, Associate Director of Economics and Finance, Malaria Elimination Initiative, UCSF Global Health Group

New economic evidence and tools on malaria elimination in the Asia Pacific were just released. What is the goal of this new body of research?