Parasitic Diseases and Malaria Strategic Priorities: 2015–2020

CDC’s Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria (DPDM) works to protect the health of Americans and the global community through evidence-based public health action. The following three strategic goals will prioritize and guide our domestic and global activities through 2020:

  • Reduce death, illness, and disability from parasitic diseases in the United States
  • Eliminate the global burden of malaria and targeted neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)
  • Advance research to detect, prevent, and eliminate parasitic diseases

Key priorities are the epidemiological, diagnostic, and clinical assistance to states and healthcare providers, and increased awareness of parasitic diseases in the United States, including a focus on the neglected parasitic infections (NPIs).

Another critical focus is support for the elimination of malaria and the targeted NTDs in strategic regions, including developing vital strategic information (surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, and research) needed to support these efforts.

Highlights include the following:

  • Improving diagnosis and detection of parasitic diseases in the United States
  • Improving and accelerating malaria control programs, including co-implementing the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) with USAID and the Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI)
  • Expanding scientific leadership and technical support to accelerate eradication and elimination of targeted NTDs
  • Strengthening the scientific evidence to support elimination of these parasitic diseases

We look forward to our continued collaborations with U.S. federal and state governments, countries, and other public health partners as we work to achieve our vision for fewer parasites—and healthier people.



Strategic Priorities: 2015–2020
Saving Lives and Protecting People from Parasitic Diseases
Page last reviewed: August 12, 2020