The MPAC is an expert group with a maximum of 15 members. It is currently chaired by Professor Kevin Marsh, Director of the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya.
MPAC members serve in an independent and personal capacity and represent a broad range of disciplines, expertise, and experience encompassing many aspects of malaria control and elimination. They are malariologists with a broad view of the interplay between scientific, political, economic and financial considerations. Members of MPAC, including the Chairperson, have been appointed to serve for an initial term of up to three years, renewable once, for an additional period of up three years.
Prior to being appointed as MPAC members and prior to renewal of term, nominees are subject to conflict of interest assessment by WHO based on information they have disclosed on the WHO Declaration of Interest form. In addition, MPAC members have an ongoing obligation throughout their tenure to inform WHO of any changes to the information they have disclosed on the DOI form. Summaries of relevant disclosed interests that may be perceived to give rise to real or apparent conflicts of interest are noted in MPAC reports and are made public as appropriate.
Roles and responsibilities of MPAC members
The MPAC has no executive or regulatory function; its role is to provide advice and recommendations to the Director-General of WHO.
Members of the MPAC have a responsibility to provide WHO with high-quality, well considered, evidence-informed advice and recommendations on matters described in the Terms of Reference linked from this page. Members play a critical role in ensuring the reputation of MPAC as an internationally recognized policy advisory committee in the field of malaria. MPAC members are occasionally approached by non-WHO sources for their views, comments and statements on particular matters of public health concern and asked to state the views of MPAC or of details related to MPAC discussions. MPAC members have been asked to refer all such enquiries to WHO/GMP.