Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho

Board Chair, RBM Partnership to End Malaria and Former Assistant Director-General, World Health Organization

Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho has more than 30 years of experience in key senior leadership positions in global health, the UN and international cooperation. She served as the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Assistant Director-General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases (HTM Cluster) until her retirement on 31 December 2015. She also led WHO's work in prevention, control, impact-mitigation, technical support to countries and global partnerships, including directing WHO's Organization-wide collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Dr. Mpanju-Shumbusho’s vision and leadership ensured effective transition of WHO’s HTM Cluster work from the MDG to the SDG framework. Earlier Dr Mpanju-Shumbusho served as the Director of the WHO's Global HIV/AIDS and STIs Programme. Prior to joining WHO, Dr. Mpanju-Shumbusho was Director-General of the Commonwealth Regional Health Community Secretariat for East, Central and Southern Africa (now known as the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community Secretariat), where she spearheaded policies and mobilized political commitment, resources and partnerships to tackle the region’s public health priorities. Earlier on she served as Head of Department of Community Health and Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics & Child Health and Community Health at the University if Dar-es-salaam. Dr Mpanju-Shumbusho has published widely.

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