Neglected tropical diseases

Obituary, Dr Likezo Mubila

05 August 2011 | Geneva

Dr Likezo Mubila

It is with great sadness and grief that we learned of the sudden passing of our colleague and friend, Dr Likezo Mubila.

She died at home in Harare, Zimbabwe in the early hours of Thursday 4 August 2011 after briefly feeling unwell. On the evening of 3 August, she was treated at a local hospital and discharged. She went to bed and died in her sleep.

Dr Likezo Mubila will be remembered as a strong, resourceful and dedicated staff in the fight against neglected tropical diseases. She worked for the Department of Biology at the University of Zambia prior to joining the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Africa in 2001 as the focal point for lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminthiasis and schistosomiasis. Besides her outstanding field experience, she wrote and co-authored numerous papers and represented WHO AFRO at major international conferences and strategic meetings.

Dr Mubila's sudden demise is a profound loss to us all. As a great friend and colleague, she will be sadly missed and fondly remembered for her quiet and unassuming optimism, modesty, determination and passion to help.

On behalf of the entire Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases and in grateful appreciation of her merits, I want to convey our deepest condolences to her family, relatives and friends worldwide.

Dr Lorenzo Savioli
Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases