MESA, originally named the Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance, was born out of the Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA) in 2011, a consultative process that comprehensively analyzed the science needed for malaria elimination and the long-term goal for global eradication. It illustrated to the malaria community at-large the needs and gaps in knowledge across nine research and development areas. Since then an update exercise was conducted and the malERA Refresh agenda was released in 2017. MESA functions behind this overarching concept that such a global agenda needs to be sustained, coordinated and optimized.
MESA is the malaria knowledge hub and community table to discuss and agree on a way forward on the existing evidence base, research and learning needed to solve unmet problems to advance the global vision of a malaria free world.
MESA is hosted by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and support the organization in fulfilling its mandate as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Malaria Control, Elimination and Eradication.
MESA is supported by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.