Shrinking the Malaria Map

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

Malaria Elimination Group

The Malaria Elimination Group (MEG) is an independent global advisory group of international experts convened by the MEI. The MEG meets annually to elaborate on the scientific, technical, operational, economic, political, and programmatic considerations of pursuing or embarking on malaria elimination. Representing 18 countries from all parts of the world, the MEG members serve in their personal capacities and bring expertise across many disciplines.

The MEG is chaired by Sir Richard Feachem, the Director of the UCSF Global Health Group, and coordinated by the MEI to conduct the following activities:

Host annual meetings to build consensus on malaria elimination
Through annual meetings usually co-hosted by a malaria-eliminating country, MEG members discuss and debate current issues in malaria elimination. Meetings often focus on best practices in countries that are accelerating progress towards zero; national decision making on whether, when, and how to pursue elimination; global and regional policies for malaria elimination; and resource mobilization for low-transmission countries that are nearing or staying at zero. With representatives from the front line, donor agencies, research institutions, and global policy-making bodies, discussions span a broad range of perspectives.

Convene working groups to address specific issues
The MEG hosts the Economics and Finance Interest Group (EFIG), a global interest and advisory group for malaria elimination financing and economics. The EFIG was formed in 2008 and is chaired by Dr. Dean Jamison.

The MEG Case Study Advisory Committee was chaired by Dr. Marcel Tanner and was active from 2011 to 2014. The group advised a series of 10 elimination case studies that were produced by the MEI and by the WHO Global Malaria Program.

Advocate for elimination to support the broader goal of eradication
The MEG raises awareness of progress as well as gaps and challenges that remain in malaria-eliminating countries, and influences national and global policy and financing.

Host study tours of malaria elimination programs
The MEG has hosted study tours of the malaria elimination efforts in China, Mexico, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, and Zanzibar.