To support implementation of the African Union declaration and the Southern Africa Development Community strategic plan which states that six countries - Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland, as well as the island states of Madagascar and Zanzibar - take immediate steps to eliminate malaria, the Malaria Elimination Initiative formed a partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to help Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland develop sound, aggressive and evidence-based strategic and operational plans for elimination, mobilize sufficient resources, and effectively manage ongoing implementation of elimination programs, in accordance with national and regional goals.
The GHG/CHAI partnership — the Southern African Malaria Elimination Support Team (SAMEST) — is comprised of a small team of skilled professionals based in the region. The Team provides much-needed management, analytical and technical support to the countries’ Ministries of Health and National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs), to assist them in identifying and pursuing their priority activities towards elimination. SAMEST currently supports the NMCPs in Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland.
Recognizing that strong and effective coordination with neighbors is critical for mainland countries to achieve and sustain elimination, the Malaria Elimination Initiative also supports the Elimination Eight (E8), an eight- country initiative in southern Africa, launched in March 2009 to increase regional collaboration, coordinate cross-border activities and share evidence and lessons learned among the eight southern-most malarious countries in Africa.