The Question

In what terms should programs of malaria elimination be framed, and what are precise definitions for these terms, both historically and currently?

What we found

The definition of key terms used in malaria programs, such as elimination, eradication, and control, have changed over time and across contexts.

Why it matters

It is important to settle upon singular definitions for keywords in the malaria-control field so that researchers and officials can communicate effectively.  Also, defining these words sharpens the focus of malaria programs, helping everyone to achieve their goals more effectively.