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BMC Medicine

, 13:140

First Online: 12 June 2015Received: 17 March 2015Accepted: 18 May 2015DOI: 10.1186-s12916-015-0372-x

Cite this article as: Dalrymple, U., Mappin, B. & Gething, P.W. BMC Med 2015 13: 140. doi:10.1186-s12916-015-0372-x


The mapping of malaria risk has a history stretching back over 100 years. The last decade, however, has seen dramatic progress in the scope, rigour and sophistication of malaria mapping such that its global distribution is now probably better understood than any other infectious disease. In this minireview we consider the main factors that have facilitated the recent proliferation of malaria risk mapping efforts and describe the most prominent global-scale endemicity mapping endeavours of recent years. We describe the diversification of malaria mapping to span a wide range of related metrics of biological and public health importance and consider prospects for the future of the science including its key role in supporting elimination efforts.

KeywordsMalaria Mapping Modelling Falciparum Vivax Model-based geostatistics AbbreviationsACTArtemisinin-based combination therapy

DHSDemographic and Health Surveys

EIREntomological inoculation rate

IRSIndoor residual spraying

ITNInsecticide-treated bed net

MAPMalaria Atlas Project

MARA-ARMAMapping Malaria Risk in Africa-Atlas du Risque de la Malaria en Afrique

MBGModel-based geostatistics

MICSMultiple Indicator Cluster Survey

PCRPolymerase chain reaction

PRParasite rate

RDTRapid diagnostic test

WHOWorld Health Organization

Ursula Dalrymple and Bonnie Mappin contributed equally to this work.

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Autor: Ursula Dalrymple - Bonnie Mappin - Peter W. Gething


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