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IMPACT: Ifakara scientist in highest WHO malaria advisory group

April 16, 2021
IMPACT: Ifakara scientist in highest WHO malaria advisory group
A snif of the page displaying Dr. Okumu's biography as member of the MPAG. GRAPHIC | IFAKARA/Coms

Ifakara Health Institute Director of Science, Dr. Fredros Okumu, is a member of the Malaria Policy Advisory Group - one of the highest World Health Organization (WHO) technical advisory organs. The MPAG is an expert group comprised of 16 members. It is currently chaired by Professor Dyann Wirth, Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health.

Other members of the group, include: Dr Samira Abdelrahman - Professor of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Gezira (FMUG), Sudan; Professor Ahmed Adeel - Professor of Medical Parasitology at the College of Medicine, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia, Professor Graham Brown- Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne Division, Australia and Professor Tom Burkot - Professor and Tropical Leader, Australian Institute for Topical Health and Medicine James Cook University, Cairns, Australia.

Others are: Doctor Gabriel Carrasquilla - Director of ASIESALUD for consultancy and research in epidemiology and public health; Professor Maureen Coetzee - Professor and Director, Wits Research Institute for Malaria, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; Professor Umberto D'Alessandro - Director, Medical Research Council Unit, The Gambia; Professor Abdoulaye Djimde - Head, Molecular Epidemiology and Drug Resistance Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Mali; Professor Gao Qi; Professor Azra Ghani - Imperial College London; Professor Caroline Jones - Senior Social Scientist, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme.

Other members of the MPAG are: Doctor S. Patrick Kachur - Chief of the Malaria Branch, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Professor Evelyn Korkor Ansah - Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Director of the Centre for Malaria Research, University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ghana; Dr Nilima Kshirsagar - Emeritus Scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research, India; and Dr Arantxa Roca Feltrer - Head of Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation at Malaria Consortium.

About the MPAG and Members

The Malaria Policy Advisory Group (MPAG) – formerly called Malaria Policy Advisory Committee – was established in 2011 to provide independent advice to WHO to enhance the control and elimination of malaria. An independent advisory group bringing together the world’s foremost experts on malaria, the MPAG provides strategic advice and technical input to WHO, and extends to all aspects of malaria control and elimination, as part of a transparent, responsive and credible process.

The MPAG has no executive or regulatory function; its role is to provide advice and recommendations to the WHO Director-General. Members have a responsibility to provide WHO with high-quality, well considered, evidence-informed advice and recommendations. #