Dr Pascoal Mocumbi is the High Representative of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) since March 2004. His mandate is to raise the visibility of the EDCTP and gain political support, particular within Africa, and to contribute to the EDCTP’s fundraising activities.
The Partnership aims to contribute towards reducing the burden of the main poverty-related diseases and transferring empowerment to the developing world. Its goal is to accelerate the development of new clinical interventions in order to fight malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and build leadership in health research in developing countries, so that they will be able to diagnose and respond to their own needs.
Dr Mocumbi was Prime Minister of the Republic of Mozambique from 1994 to 2004. Prior to that, he headed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during eight years and the Ministry of Health for 6 years. He received his medical degree from the University of Lausanne, and has practiced medicine as obstetrician and gynaecologist in hospitals throughout Mozambique. Dr Mocumbi also has an active role in global health initiatives, serving on the board of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) and the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV).