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.

Original publication

DOI

10.1186/s12916-015-0372-x

Type

Journal

BMC Med

Publication Date

12/06/2015

Volume

13

Keywords

Communicable Diseases, Endemic Diseases, Humans, Malaria, Falciparum, Malaria, Vivax, Public Health, Risk