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Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho

Board Chair, RBM Partnership to End Malaria

Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho has more than 30 years experience in key senior leadership positions in health, public health, global health and international cooperation. She served as the World Health Organization’s Assistant Director General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization until her retirement on 31 December 2015. She led WHO's work in prevention, control, impact-mitigation, technical support to countries; and global partnerships to combat these diseases, thus contributing to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Her vision and leadership also ensured effective transition of the WHO’s HTM Cluster’s work from the MDG to the SDG framework.

Previously Dr. Mpanju-Shumbusho deputized the WHO ADG/HTM; and concurrently directed the WHO's Office for Global Fund Partnership and Technical Cooperation, including WHO’s technical support to countries, that facilitated eligible countries' access and utilisation of more than 10 billion USD from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and contribute to health systems strengthening.

Earlier she served as Director of the WHO's HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections Programme.

She has also served as a member of various international boards, including the Global Fund Board, “Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases"Board; WHO/UNICEF-UNDP-World Bank Special Programme for research and training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) Board; UNITAID Board and UNAIDS Programme Coordination Board and Tanzania National Urban Water Authority Board.

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 mobilised political commitment, resources and partnerships to tackle the Region’s public health priorities. She also served as the Head of the University of Dar-es-salaam's Department of Community Health; Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics & Child Health and Community Health; Chief Public Health Adviser to the Ministry of Health of Tanzania; and International Monitor of multi-country clinical trials for malaria drugs and vaccines on behalf WHO/TDR.

Dr. Mpanju-Shumbusho has won various leadership, humanitarian and academic awards, including the AHEAD Humanitarian Award; and she has published widely.