The sub-Saharan African nation of Zambia has recently set the goal of eliminating the mosquito-borne disease of malaria from the country by 2021. Establishing this policy goal for Zambia evolved in response to global and national policy and scientific efforts. A new teaching case, Partnering to Eliminate Malaria in Zambia, by Anya L. Guyer and Michael R. Reich, describes how the government’s National Malaria Control Centre partnered with the non-governmental Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa (MACEPA) to move the country toward the policy goal of malaria elimination. In 2015, the partnership examined the positive results of a Mass Drug Administration study and its implications for national malaria policy. The partners recognized that they needed to think past the science to the process of managing and convincing a diverse set of stakeholders to accept the new policy goal. How should they communicate the study’s results to key decision makers to persuade them to support the goal of elimination of malaria, and how could they convince other interested stakeholders to align with the goal of elimination?
This new global health resource is expected to be used by academics, researchers, and others involved in global malaria eradication efforts. At Harvard, this case will be used in the newly launched (PH425x) MalariaX: Defeating Malaria from the Genes to the Globe and by faculty at the Harvard Chan.
This work was supported by Harvard’s Defeating Malaria: From the Genes to the Globe initiative. For questions, please contact Carmen Mejia, Executive Director at 617/432-5321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.