WHO Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication publishes findings
The WHO Strategic Advisory Group on Malaria Eradication (SAGme) was created in 2016 to advise the WHO on future scenarios for malaria, including whether eradication was feasible. Over three years, the members of the SAGme have analysed past trends and reviewed future projections of the factors and determinants that underpin malaria.
The executive summary sets out the key conclusions and recommendations developed over three-years.
The document is a clarion call for action towards the long-term goal of eradication. The SAGme points out the potential for enormous impact that full use of the tools and strategies available today can have. However, the vision of a world free of malaria can't be achieved without the engagement of science. Building on the Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA), a renewed research and development effort is identified by the SAGme as one of the highest priorities for a successful approach to malaria eradication.
The need for tools to reduce mosquito biting in areas highly-suitable for transmission, improved vaccines and better insecticides, identification of markers of drug resistance, and new genetic technologies that can alter the mosquitoes' ability to transmit the parasite are some of the priorities highlighted by the SAGme.
Read the executive summary here.
The malERA collaborative effort that precedes the SAGme
The SAGme builds upon the Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA), a consultative initiative that sets out a research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication. It identifies the new tools we need to develop, the implementation strategies that need testing, and the biological questions we need to answer in order to move towards our eradication goal. As highlighted by the SAGme members, malERA has become a "blueprint for the R&D community".
The malERA consultative process began in 2008, with the publication of the first malERA in 2011 and the revised and updated malERA Refresh agenda published in 2017. The series, which has been considered by the SAGme during its deliberations, is also seen as a complement to the WHO Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030. Research spans across areas from basic science, to mathematical modelling, to R&D, implementation science and health systems research.
Both malERA and malERA Refresh research agendas were produced through rigorous consultative processes. The 2008-2011 malERA process involved more than 250 scientists and global health experts. For malERA Refresh, the six consultative panels involved over 180 experts.
Read more about malERA here.