Pedro Alonso to be new WHO Global Malaria Programme Director
Dr Pedro Alonso is the newly appointed Director of the World Health Organization’s Global Malaria Programme. From 13 October 2014 he will oversee activities and development of policies and strategy. Currently Dr Alonso is the Chair of the Department of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Hospital Clinic (University Hospital) and Professor of the Barcelona University School of Medicine, as well as Director of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal).
TDR Director John Reeder, who has also been acting director of the malaria programme since February, said, “Pedro is an accomplished leader whose experience in global health will be a great asset to WHO. He and I have worked together on numerous occasions in the past, most recently on the development of the new malaria global strategy, for which he chaired the steering committee. I’m looking forward to exploring with him the opportunity for more coordinated work between WHO/GMP and TDR.”
Over the past 30 years, Dr Alonso has worked in The Gambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, as well as the Americas and Asia. Some of his most relevant work has been carried out in the field of malaria epidemiology and evaluation of new control tools including insecticide-treated nets, drugs and vaccines. Institutional and human capacity building has been central to his career, including being the founding director of the Manhiça Health Research Centre (CISM) in Southern Mozambique. Dr Alonso is a Spanish national, born and educated in Madrid as well as the United Kingdom.
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