Malaria

Current MPAC members

Professor Ahmed Adeel

Professor of Medical Parasitology at the College of Medicine, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Professor Ahmed Adeel, Member of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)
Mark Henley/ WHO 2017

Ahmed Adeel is Professor of Medical Parasitology at the College of Medicine, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. He qualified in medicine with MBBS degree (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) at Khartoum University, Sudan in 1975. Following house-officer appointments and one year as Medical Officer he had a scholarship for post-graduate training at Tulane University, USA, earning MPH degree in Tropical Medicine from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 1978, followed by PhD in Medical Parasitology from the Graduate School, Tulane University in 1981.

From 1981 to 1998 he held academic posts at the University of Gezira in Sudan, where he participated in establishing the Faculty of Medicine. His research in Sudan focused on a wide range of endemic diseases, including malaria, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, onchocerciasis, dracunculiasis and other parasitic infections. During the period 1994–1998 Professor Adeel was contracted by WHO to establish the Blue Nile Research and Training Institute (BNRTI), now developed to the Blue Nile National Institute for Communicable Diseases (BNMICD). He founded this institute as a collaborative establishment involving the Sudan Federal Ministry of Health, WHO and Gezira University. During his work in Sudan he also acted as advisor on malaria for Gezira State as well as the Sudan Federal Ministry of Health.

From 2004 to 2008 professor Adeel served as the founding chairman of the Horn of Africa Network for Monitoring Antimalarial Treatments (HANMAT), a WHO initiative in collaboration with experts from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Yemen to strengthen the sub-regional information base on antimalarial drug efficacy which is required for an effective treatment policy for malaria patients. HANMAT activities were crucial for the introduction of artemisinin combination therapy as the first-line treatment for falciparum malaria in member states.

Professor Adeel was Permanent Member of the Technical Review Panel of the Global Fund against AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and participated in all panel proposal review meetings held during the period 2008–2013. He also served as member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Malaria during the period 2004–2014. He carried out several assignments as advisor on research capacity strengthening for the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). He also participated in consultations for the WHO Global Malaria Programme on antimalarial drug resistance and in developing WHO malaria training modules and training manuals.

At the regional level he undertook a number of short-term consultancies and advisory assignments on malaria and tropical diseases during the past 17 years for WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office in Cairo. During this period he also executed field assignments and missions for WHO in the Republic of Yemen, Pakistan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. The main areas of expertise of Professor Adeel include medical education, capacity building, tropical diseases research, malaria case management and malaria control / elimination policies.

Last updated: 17 February 2016