IANPHI VP Joins WHO Africa

See this interview with Dr. Mwele Malecela who shares her dream of a world with NO neglected tropical diseases.

Dr. Mwele Malecela joined WHO’s Regional Office for Africa in April 2017 as the Director in the Office of the Regional Director responsible for providing policy, managerial and diplomatic advice to the Regional Director, coordinating and facilitating the plan of work for all units under the Regional Director's Office Cluster, and monitoring the implementation of policy decisions of WHO governing bodies. She also provides support to the Regional Director on strategic directions of WHO’s work in the region. Previously, she was the Director General of the National Institute for Medical Research Tanzania, the first woman to hold this position.  

Dr. Malecela served as IANPHI's Vice President and was the inaugural chair of the IANPHI-Africa regional network. Her contributions to our organization and public health are indicative of her commitment to a healthier world --for all. 

I think that is why people feel so invigorated by this work because you actually feel that you are contributing to the whole of mankind.

Dr. Mwele Malecela

She has extensive experience working with WHO, both at the technical level and with governing bodies as a member state. She was a member of WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for Neglected Tropical Diseases and was the former Chair of the African Regional Program Review for Neglected Tropical Diseases. She has wide experience in partnerships for health.

With over 30 years’ experience in public health research at the National Institute for Medical Research, Dr. Malecela was also was the founding director of the Tanzania Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program. As Director General, she focused on research capacity strengthening and building strong national research systems, which she extended to national public health institutes through her work with the International Association of Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).

On behalf of all of our members, partners, and countries IANPHI congratulates Dr. Mwele Malecela and wishes her much success in her new role. 

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