The RBM Partnership to End Malaria has announced the appointment of Dr Abdourahmane Diallo, Republic of Guinea’s former health minister and current minister-health advisor to the Guinean president, as the Partnership’s next CEO, according a press statement by the Partnership.
“The RBM Partnership Board is very excited to welcome Dr Diallo as incoming CEO. Dr Diallo brings vast experience and strong leadership skills to the Partnership, having worked in leading roles at the national, regional and global levels on a range of key public health issues, including malaria, Ebola and health systems strengthening,” said Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, RBM Partnership’s board chair. “He assumes leadership of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria at a key juncture; and ahead of this year’s replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. We warmly welcome him on board. He has our unanimous support.”
Diallo served as Guinea’s health minister from 2016 to 2018 – the period of the Ebola crisis in the West African nation – and subsequently rebuilt its national health system. Before then, he worked to develop health and supply chain systems in across more than 20 African, Caribbean and Asian countries.
He was director in charge of public health and supply chain systems strengthening for the DELIVER project, which helped reduced malaria morbidity and mortality around the world. The project was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by John Snow, Inc. Previously, he served as country director for the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) funded Supply Chain Management System project in Tanzania.
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“I am honoured to join the RBM Partnership to End Malaria as CEO. I’m especially inspired to take this position at a moment when countries are stepping up their commitments to malaria elimination,” said Diallo. “I look forward to engaging with the vibrant community of malaria partners to achieve our collective vision – a world free of the burden of malaria.”
A trained medical doctor who also holds a master’s degree in international public health from Johns Hopkins University, he will be taking office on 8 April 2019 and will be attending the official celebration of World Malaria Day in Paris on 25 April 2019, as his first engagement as CEO of the Partnership. The RBM Partnership to End Malaria is the largest global platform for coordinated action against malaria which mobilises for action and resources and forges consensus among partners.