Remembering Dr Sylvia Meek
Colleagues across WHO are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr Sylvia Meek, who died on 11 May after an 18-month battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues at the Malaria Consortium, where she served for many years as Global Technical Director.
Sylvia was member of the WHO family in the early years of her career, working in Cambodia, Solomon Islands and Namibia. She played a critical role, since that time, on a number of WHO advisory committees focused on the control and elimination of malaria.
As a highly valued and dedicated member of the Malaria Policy Advisory Committee since its establishment in 2011, Sylvia contributed strategic advice on a breadth of technical areas, particularly on vector control, case management and programme management. Last year, she ably chaired the Evidence Review Group on conditions for the use of PBO long-lasting insecticidal nets. WHO will remember her outstanding leadership on such a technically and politically complex issue.
Sylvia was an extraordinary leader. She had a rare combination of strategic vision, solid technical expertise and extensive field experience that was widely recognized by her peers at WHO and across the malaria community. She will be deeply missed.
Dr Pedro Alonso
Director, Global Malaria Programme
World Health Organization