Malaria elimination


Malaria elimination is the interruption of local transmission of a specified malaria parasite in a defined geographic area; continued measures are required to prevent the reestablishment of transmission. Countries are situated at different points along the road to elimination. The rate of progress will depend on the strength of the national health system, the level of investment in malaria control and a number of other factors, including biological determinants; the environment; and the social, demographic, political and economic realities of a particular country.

Overview of malaria elimination

Sustained political commitment, adequate resourcing and effective partnerships are all fundamental to the success of malaria elimination programmes.

Prevention of reintroduction

After malaria cases have been reduced to zero in a particular area or country, preventing a resurgence of the disease is a key concern.

Certification process

Certification of malaria elimination is the official recognition of malaria-free status granted by WHO.

Elimination case studies

A series of 10 case studies were produced by the WHO Global Malaria Programme and the Global Health Group at the University of California.

Key documents

World Malaria Report 2015

This report contains the latest available data on malaria policies, interventions and trends in all endemic countries.

Contact us

Global Malaria Programme
World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia
1211 Geneva 27
Tel: +41 22 791 2533
Fax: +41 22 791 4824