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.

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.