The UCSF Malaria Elimination Initiative

The Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Global Health Group believes global malaria eradication through regional elimination is possible within a generation. We develop innovative, strategic, and evidence-based solutions for countries and regions to eliminate malaria. As a forward-thinking partner on the frontline, we generate actionable evidence through operational research, develop new tools and approaches, document and disseminate elimination experiences, build consensus, assess the costs and benefits of elimination, and strengthen political and financial commitment to shrink the malaria map.

We know there is no one-size-fits-all method to eliminating malaria, so we approach our work accordingly. Our action tank model enables us to effectively develop and target the right tools and strategies on the pathway to impact. Whether strengthening surveillance and response, researching drug or vector control interventions, analyzing costs and benefits, supporting regional initiatives, or informing policy and financing, we strive to remain one step ahead of the changing patterns of malaria transmission.

The MEI brings the vision, strategy, tools and expertise to catalyze action and impact where it is most needed and often neglected. Working at the global, regional, and national levels, our highly-skilled team of economists, advocates, project managers, malariologists, and epidemiologists is unmatched in the field. With MEI support, countries around the world are actively working to eliminate malaria—a goal that nearly 30 countries will achieve by 2020.

We are relentless in our quest to end malaria. The MEI put elimination on the map to eradicate malaria from the map. And we will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in order to end malaria for good.