Q&A: MESA chair talks next steps in the fight against malaria

Regina Rabinovich, chair of Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance. Photo by: Barcelona Institute for Global Health

BARCELONA — The new research agenda for malaria elimination and eradication — malERA Refresh — was published late last week. This special collection of papers, coordinated by the Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance, or MESA, and published in PLOS Medicine, will define the global malaria R&D agenda; inform the World Health Organization's evidence-based guidelines and policies; and guide funding.

The agenda, which stresses the need to develop new tools and combine them in a context-specific manner, is the result of consultations with over 180 scientists, malaria program leaders, and policymakers from around the world. Its production was overseen by a leadership group including Pedro Alonso, director of WHO's Global Malaria Programme; as well as experts from Harvard, the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, and MESA, with headquarters at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.

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