Policy ForumPUBLIC HEALTH

Measuring the path toward malaria elimination

Science  13 Jun 2014:
Vol. 344, Issue 6189, pp. 1230-1232
DOI: 10.1126/science.1251449

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Summary

In many parts of the world, malaria elimination—defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the absence of locally acquired malaria cases in the country—is being considered as a target because of recent successes in reducing disease burden (1, 2). Rigorous evaluation of malaria elimination programs is essential for financial and political support to be maintained. Yet such evaluation remains challenging, and appropriate metrics to ascertain “success” are needed.