Sustaining malaria elimination: the cost of program interventions for malaria elimination and the prevention of reintroduction in the Philippines

Investigator: Stephanie Sario, MS
Sponsor: Global Health Sciences Education

Location(s): Philippines


The Philippines has made significant progress towards malaria elimination in recent years. Since 2003, malaria cases have dropped from 48,441 to 4,937 in 2014, providing a pathway towards national elimination by 2020. As the National Malaria Control Program’s focus shifts toward preventing malaria reintroduction in provinces that have eliminated, it faces a new set of technical and strategic challenges. One of them is mobilizing resources for this new phase in the battle against malaria, particularly as donor financing (Global Fund) shifts to higher burden settings. Estimating the costs of malaria elimination programs is key to guide the Philippines and other eliminating countries in policy development and resource allocation for elimination. This capstone project, under a larger study from the UCSF Global Health Group, explored the costs for sustaining malaria elimination programs in the country. 

Mentor: Rima Shretta, MPH