Current MPAC members

Doctor S. Patrick Kachur

Chief of the Malaria Branch, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Doctor S. Patrick Kachur, Member of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC)
Mark Henley/ WHO 2017

S. Patrick Kachur, MD, MPH, FACPM, FASTMH is Chief of the Malaria Branch at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He trained at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, the University of Ilorin (Nigeria), Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Johns Hopkins University, and completed the Epidemic Intelligence Service program at CDC.

Since 1995, Dr Kachur’s research has focused on experimental and observational epidemiology and health systems studies to evaluate the effectiveness and equity of malaria interventions, with a particular interest in understanding how communities adapt and interpret malaria policies and programmes. He contributed to establishing the efficacy of insecticide-treated nets in western Kenya and the feasibility and impact of routine use of artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) in Tanzania. From 2002 through 2006, he was based at Ifakara Health Institute, coordinating collaborative research and providing technical advice to the ministries of health for mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, developing and implementing malaria grants for the Global Fund, and standing up the US President’s Malaria Initiative. He later established the Strategic and Applied Sciences Unit in the Malaria Branch at CDC. He currently contributes to assessing new and revisited interventions for malaria control and elimination including vaccines, novel diagnostics, new vector control approaches and targeted strategies to reduce or eliminate transmission.

Dr Kachur is a frequent consultant on behalf of WHO, has served as co-chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership’s Case Management Working Group, and advised malaria and neglected tropical disease efforts on behalf of the Carter Center, Marathon Oil, the US Agency for International Development, and the World Bank. In 2016 he served as Acting/ Interim Principal Deputy Director at CDC’s Center for Global Health – coordinating CDC’s global activities in response to the explosive transmission of Zika virus in the western hemisphere.

Last updated: 20 April 2017