MEG VII Meeting

December 10-13, 2012
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Co-hosted with the United Arab Emirates University 

The Malaria Elimination Group’s seventh meeting was held in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates (UAE), from December 10 – December 13, 2012 and was co-hosted with the UAE University. Meeting participants included senior representatives of malaria programs from countries including the UAE, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the Islamic Republic of Iran,and the World Health Organization. Presentations and discussions at the meeting focused on malaria elimination in the Middle East, as well as strategies for active surveillance and new tools developed through operational research. The meeting also included a half-day study tour led by the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi and highlighted Al Ain’s malaria vector control activities to prevent the reestablishment of malaria transmission. The meeting included presentations on global elimination efforts including: regional elimination updates, country presentations on progress and challenges in eliminating malaria, and operational research for elimination settings.