Special Issue "Malaria Elimination: Managing Implementation of the Interventions for Success"

A special issue of Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease (ISSN 2414-6366).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Maxine A. Whittaker

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland 4811, Australia
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Interests: Global health policy; Medical anthropology; Malaria and other infectious diseases; One Health; Health systems research; Operational and implementation research
Guest Editor
Dr. Effie Espino

Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), Department of Health (DOH), Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, The Philippines
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Interests: Malaria elimination
Guest Editor
Dr. Lars Henning

James Cook University, Australia
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Interests: Public Health; Tropical medicine and infectious diseases; Translational research

Special Issue Information

This Special Issue focuses on recent research on the implementation challenges faced and solutions developed by programme managers and policy makers in working towards malaria elimination. The Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016–2030 lays out an ambitious vision for the elimination of malaria in at least 35 countries by 2030 and the prevention of re-establishment in countries where it had been eliminated. The RBM Partnership to End Malaria companion document by Malaria Action and Investment to Defeat Malaria 2016–2030 details the need for resourcing, multi-sectoral collaboration, and community engagement to support implementation activities for this shared vision.

The World Malaria Report 2018 noted that while 11 of the WHO identified 21 countries with the potential to eliminate malaria by the year 2020, known as “E-2020 countries”, remain on track to achieve their elimination goals, 10 have reported increases in indigenous malaria cases in 2017 compared with 2016. It stresses that the 4 pillars, “galvanize national and global political attention to reduce malaria deaths; drive impact in country through the strategic use of information; establish best global guidance, policies and strategies suitable for all malaria endemic countries; and implement a coordinated country response”, are critical for every country to remain on track. Within countries, there is an increasingly segmented epidemiological picture of malaria, which creates further complexity for programme managers and policy makers. National malaria programmes now face more complex operations; shifting from control to elimination mode, while maintaining the gains of sub-national malaria elimination.

The Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) developed a malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA), to accelerate malaria elimination and, in the longer term, transform the malaria community’s ability to eradicate it globally. The revaluation of this agenda, in 2017, suggested the need for transdisciplinary solutions to develop innovative and integrated implementation approaches that respond to local variations in transmission, health, and social context and management systems.

This Special Issue will feature research, especially implementation and operational research, from the field implementation and management perspectives. This may include scaling up evidence into policy and practice; targeting resources better to local needs; ensuring accessibility of services to remote, mobile and other underserved populations; integrating services while maintaining specialised malaria activities; and maintaining interest in malaria when the caseload is reducing or other diseases become more dominant in disease burden or community and political interest.

Prof. Maxine A. Whittaker
Dr. Effie Espino
Dr. Lars Henning
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 350 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Malaria elimination
  • Malaria eradication
  • Community participation
  • Mobile and migrant populations, Implementation research
  • Scaling up
  • Knowledge translation
  • Program management
  • Community engagement
  • Management
  • Policy
  • Segmentation
  • Advocacy
  • Resource allocation
  • Data for decision making

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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