Malaria Elimination Background Papers Series
A series of background papers documenting strategies and recommendations relevant to malaria eliminating countries is now available. Evidence-based recommendations on program management, surveillance, importation and mass drug administration in malaria eliminating countries are put forth in four papers:
Welcome to the Malaria Elimination Group (MEG) website. The MEG is a group of 48 international experts convened by the UCSF Global Health Group to elaborate the scientific, technical, operational, financial, and programmatic issues that countries need to consider when pursuing or embarking on malaria elimination. This website hosts a collection of resources and information specifically on malaria elimination from the latest peer-reviewed journals to reports and news from recent events occurring around the world.
9th MEG Meeting Summary now available
The 9th Malaria Elimination Group Meeting Summary Report summarizes the presentations and discussions of the three-day MEG meeting, held from October 14-17, 2014 in Sri Lanka. The meeting focused on Sri Lanka's success in eliminating malaria. After a turbulent past with malaria — on the brink of elimination in the 1960s before a deadly resurgence — the island nation has reported zero indigenous cases since November 2012. Presentations and discussion focused on learning from their achievement as well as how they can hold the line and prevent reintroduction. Other key themes from the meeting included the need for standardized elimination indicators, a debate of the use of Mass Screen and Treat as a strategy for elimination, the need for guidelines for calculating Population at Risk, and the role of the Global Fund in supporting global elimination and eradication goals.
Interview: Sri Lanka's Malaria History â€“ Learning from the past and looking towards the future
As world malaria experts convened in Colombo from October 14-17 for the ninth Malaria Elimination Group meeting, we had the pleasure of getting a firsthand account of Sri Lanka's journey to becoming malaria free. Dr. Rajitha Wickremasinghe, Professor of Public Health at the University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka and lead author of Maintaining zero: An update to the Sri Lanka malaria elimination case study, sat down with us for an interview - first sharing Sri Lanka's history with elimination that included a devastating resurgence, and then looking ahead to the challenges that remain in maintaining a malaria-free future.
The Impact of the Global Fund's New Funding Model on Eliminating Countries
Two new briefings are now available on the impact that the NFM is anticipated to have on countries that are nearing malaria elimination. The briefings summarize a comparison of historical disbursements to future allocations, and find that while some countries are projected to receive increases in funding, many will not: there is an overall projected 21% decrease of funding to the 34 malaria-eliminating countries and a 30% decrease in funding to the 15 country partners of the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network. With this country-by-country breakdown, programs, donors, and stakeholders can start to mobilize alternative resources to bridge any financial gaps and maintain progress toward malaria elimination.