Ranking of elimination feasibility between malaria-endemic countries

Tatem, Andrew J., Smith, David L., Gething, Peter W., Kabaria, Caroline W., Snow, Robert W. and Hay, Simon I. (2010) Ranking of elimination feasibility between malaria-endemic countries. The Lancet, 376, (9752), 1579-1591. (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)61301-3). (PMID:21035838).


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Experience gained from the Global Malaria Eradication Program (1955–72) identified a set of shared technical and operational factors that enabled some countries to successfully eliminate malaria. Spatial data for these factors were assembled for all malaria-endemic countries and combined to provide an objective, relative ranking of countries by technical, operational, and combined elimination feasibility. The analysis was done separately for Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax, and the limitations of the approach were discussed. The relative rankings suggested that malaria elimination would be most feasible in countries in the Americas and Asia, and least feasible in countries in central and west Africa. The results differed when feasibility was measured by technical or operational factors, highlighting the different types of challenge faced by each country. The results are not intended to be prescriptive, predictive, or to provide absolute assessments of feasibility, but they do show that spatial information is available to facilitate evidence-based assessments of the relative feasibility of malaria elimination by country that can be rapidly updated.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)61301-3
ISSNs: 0140-6736 (print)
1474-547X (electronic)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
R Medicine > RB Pathology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Geography and Environment > Population, Health & Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 341189
Date :
Date Event
6 November 2010Published
28 October 2010Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2012 13:10
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:31
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/341189

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