The Global Health Group's Malaria Elimination Initiative's work at the global level focuses on increasing political and financial commitment to malaria elimination and ensuring that new evidence on elimination is widely disseminated and influences global policies and strategies.
The Malaria Elimination Initiative informs national and regional malaria elimination efforts by building the evidence base for malaria elimination, and informing decision-making by country leaders, global health leaders, and partners. To this end, the Malaria Elimination Initiative convenes and serves as the secretariat for the Malaria Elimination Group (MEG), an independent global advisory group of 47 international experts that meet 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, MEG members serve in their personal capacities and bring expertise across many disciplines.
During annual meetings usually co-hosted by a malaria-eliminating country, MEG members discuss and debate current issues around malaria elimination. Meetings often focus on best practices from countries that are accelerating progress towards zero, national decision-making of whether, when, and how to pursue elimination, global and regional policies for malaria elimination, and resource mobilization for low-transmission countries that are nearing zero or holding the line. By convening representatives from the front-lines, donor agencies, research institutions and global policymaking bodies, discussions span a broad range of perspectives.
The MEG hosts the Economics and Finance Interest Group, a global interest and advisory group for malaria elimination financing and economics. The MEG Economics and Finance Interest Group 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 2015. The group advised a series of ten eliminating case studies which were produced by the Malaria Elimination Initiative and the WHO's Global Malaria Program.
Aiming to raise awareness of progress and remaining gaps and challenges in malaria-eliminating countries, and to influence national and global policy and financing.
The MEG has hosted study tours of the malaria elimination efforts in China, Mexico, South Africa, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, and Zanzibar.
With leadership from the MEG and Global Health Group, The Lancet published a special series of four papers and four comments on malaria elimination in November 2010. The Lancet Series examines the technical, operational, and financial challenges that confront malaria-eliminating countries. In four papers, the Series provides an overview of elimination, quantifies the relative technical and operational feasibility of elimination, and investigates the challenges, risks, operational requirements, costs and benefits of achieving elimination and preventing the reintroduction of malaria.
In 2009, the MEG published two major works on malaria elimination which synthesize current evidence and understanding of elimination: Shrinking the Malaria Map: A Guide on Malaria Elimination for Policy Makers and its companion, Shrinking the Malaria Map: A Prospectus on Malaria Elimination. Translations of these documents into Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish are available in electronic format. The Shrinking the Malaria Map publications and other malaria elimination resources are available on the MEG website.
Since December 2007, the Malaria Elimination Initiative has convened nine MEG meetings, often in a country working towards elimination.
MEG IX Colombo, Sri Lanka
October 19-21, 2014
Co-hosted with the Ministry of Health
MEG VIII Santa Cruz, California
October 28-31, 2013
MEG VII Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
December 10-13, 2012
Co-hosted with the United Arab Emirates University
MEG I Santa Cruz, California
March 23-26, 2008