Malaria

Current MPAC members


Professor Maureen Coetzee

Professor and Director, Wits Research Institute for Malaria, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Professor Coetzee, Director of the Wits Research Institute for Malaria, in South Africa, and member of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC).
Mark Henley/ WHO 2017

Professor Coetzee began her career in medical entomology in 1975, as a technician for the South African National Malaria Control Programme. She obtained a Masters degree with distinction in 1982 and a PhD in 1987, both from the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1985 she joined the South African Institute for Medical Research in Johannesburg and headed the Department of Entomology from 1995 to 2007. She joined the University in 2008 to take up a Chair in Vector Biology and Control and was appointed Director of the Wits Research Institute for Malaria in 2013. Her major research interests have remained the African malaria vectors, with focus on the biology, biodiversity, insecticide resistance, novel vector control methods, and parasite-vector interactions.

In 2010 she was honoured by researchers at the Smithsonian Institution who named a mosquito subgenus after her – Aedes (Coetzeemyia) fryeri. Other international recognitions include the African Union’s Kwame Nkrumah Regional Women Scientists award in 2011, the John N. Belkin Memorial award from the American Mosquito Control Association in 2012 and a Certificate of Distinction from the Council of the International Congresses of Entomology in 2016. Local awards include Distinguished Woman Scientist award from the Department of Science and Technology, the Elsdon Dew Medal for parasitology and the National Science and Technology Forum award for contributions to research. She is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Royal Society of South Africa. She has published over 180 scientific journal articles and 9 books/chapters.

She has been a member of several WHO committees and served on scientific advisory committees for the Gates Foundation and the WHO Regional Office for Africa projects that are working towards the elimination of malaria. She is also a member of the South African Department of Health’s Malaria Elimination Committee that advises the Minister of Health on malaria control policy and strategy.