The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on 25th April 2019 unveiled the 'Malaria Elimination Research Alliance (MERA) India' on the occasion of World Malaria Day 2019.
MERA India is a collection of partners working together to plan and scale up research to eliminate Malaria from India by 2030.
MERA India alliance holds utmost importance to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the operational research and aims to ensure its elimination by 2030.
MERA India main objective is to prioritize, plan, conduct, and scale up research in a coordinated way to have a solid impact on the population who are at risk of malaria.
MERA India does not duplicate the international efforts to eliminate Malaria rather complement the efforts on a national scale.
MERA India alliance will facilitate trans-institutional coordination and collaboration around a collaborative research agenda.
India has made impressive progress in malaria control in recent years. The malaria burden in India declined by over 80 percent from 2.03 million cases in 2000 to 0.39 million in 2018.
Deaths in India by malaria also declined by over 90 percent from 932 deaths in 2000 to 85 in 2018.