Shrinking the Malaria Map

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

Malaria Elimination Group

The Malaria Elimination Group (MEG) was an independent global advisory body launched by the UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) in 2007 to clarify and advance the operational, technical, and financial requirements for national and regional malaria elimination. MEG was chaired by Sir Richard Feachem, Director of the UCSF Global Health Group, and convened international experts to build consensus for malaria elimination, address challenges, and advocate for malaria-elimination countries. MEG held its 11th and final meeting in India in late 2016.

Notable successes of MEG include the production of A Prospectus on Malaria Elimination and A Guide on Malaria Elimination for Policy Makers in 2009, publication of a seminal Lancet series on malaria elimination in 2010, and the signing of the Colombo Declaration on Eliminating Malaria in Sri Lanka in 2014. In 2015, due in part to MEG’s efforts in elevating the elimination agenda, three significant global documents that collectively advocate for malaria elimination and eradication were released: the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership’s Action and Investment to Defeat Malaria 2016-2030, and From Aspiration to Action: What Will It Take to End Malaria?