At UCSF, we conduct basic science, surveillance and vector control research, and develop innovative, strategic and evidence-based solutions to eliminate malaria and catalyze action in countries and regions that are paving the way for global eradication.
The Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) believes a malaria-free world is possible within a generation. As a forward-thinking partner to malaria-eliminating countries and regions, the MEI:
- Generates actionable evidence through operational research
- Shares new tools and approaches to help countries eliminate malaria more efficiently and effectively
- Documents and disseminates elimination best practices
- Assesses the costs and benefits of elimination
- Fosters regional initiatives for malaria elimination
- Strengthens political and financial commitment to shrink the malaria map
With MEI support, countries around the world are actively working to eliminate malaria—a goal that nearly 30 countries will achieve by 2020.
- Surveillance Research & Support for Malaria Elimination
- Innovative Vector Control for Malaria Elimination
- Support of Regional Malaria Elimination Initiatives
UCSF scientists are also researching new antimalarial drugs and interventions to control the disease in large populations. This research includes:
- The DeRisi Lab, which focuses on genomic approaches to the study of Plasmodium falciparum, the causative agent of the most deadly form of human malaria.
- PRISM (Program for Resistance, Immunology, Surveillance and Modeling of Malaria) in Tororo, Uganda, a multi-project program of the International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research(ICEMR). ICEMR is a research collaboration between UCSF and Makerere University. PRISM applies a comprehensive and iterative approach to malaria surveillance to improve understanding of the disease and measure the impact of population-control interventions.
Shrinking the Malaria Map
With great progress since 1900, global eradication of malaria within a generation is achievable.
Malaria Specialist Chris White Named Co-Director of Malaria Elimination Initiative
Chris White, malaria specialist and global health advocate with more than two decades of experience, has been named co-director of the Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) at the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences.
Shrinking the Malaria Map
In 1897, Ronald Ross and his team in India discovered that malaria was transmitted by anopheles mosquitoes. At this time, every country in the world still has endemic malaria somewhere within its borders.
- Adam Bennett, PhD
- Joe DeRisi, PhD
- Grant Dorsey, MD
- Sir Richard Feachem, DSc, PhD
- Roland (Roly) Gosling, PhD, MS
- Bryan Greenhouse, MD
- Allison Phillips
- Hugh Sturrock, PhD
- Allison Tatarsky, MPH
- More People
- Decline in financing could undermine malaria efforts
- Roly Gosling Works Toward His Vision of a Malaria-Free World
- Malaria Elimination Group
- Makerere University UCSF Research Collaboration
- Asian Development Bank
- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Drollinger Family Charitable Foundation
- Novartis Foundation
- The Parker Foundation
- Sumitomo Chemical
- Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network
- Asia Pacific Malaria Leader’s Alliance
- Clinton Health Access Initiative
- Elimination 8 Regional Initiative
- Malaria No More
- President’s Malaria Initiative
- Roll Back Malaria Partnership