The RBM Partnership to End Malaria joins in congratulating Dr Kenneth Staley on his appointment as the next Global Malaria Coordinator of the United States President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).
PMI is the leading United States Government entity working to prevent and control, and ultimately end, malaria across the globe. It has been credited directly with saving the lives of 1.7 million children since its establishment in 2005. PMI is working in 24 malaria affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa, in addition to three programmes combating anti-malarial drug resistance in the Greater Mekong sub-region. The United States Government is the largest funder to global malaria efforts, including support to the RBM Partnership to End Malaria.
Welcoming today’s announcement, Dr Kesete Admasu, CEO of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, said: “Dr Staley’s appointment comes at a critical juncture when the global fight against the disease calls for a renewed leadership from both malaria affected and donor countries to accelerate progress to meet global goals. We look forward to working with Dr Staley and our long-standing partners in the United States Government to realise our vision of a malaria-free world.” He also acknowledged Irene Koek’s leadership as acting PMI coordinator over the past year.
As Global Malaria Coordinator, Dr Staley will be responsible for the oversight and coordination of all US funding and activities relating to efforts to combat malaria. Dr Staley previously served in the US State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Counterproliferation from 2008-2009 and was Director for Biodefense Policy at the White House Homeland Security Council from 2005-2008. He also has extensive experience working in the private sector on international health issues.