The African Leaders Malaria Alliance congratulates Dr. Abdourahmane Diallo on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of the RBM Partnership to End Malaria. He joins the RBM Partnership to End Malaria at a critical juncture when progress has stalled, and sustained action is needed to avoid back tracking on the significant progress made through unprecedented investments in health over the last 18 years.
“Malaria is a major public health threat and Africa continues to bear the greatest impact of the epidemic, burdening already overstretched health systems, threatening human capital development for a productive workforce in Africa’s path towards sustainable, inclusive economic growth and development,” said Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary of ALMA, “With his strong track record and commitment to public health and diplomacy in Africa and globally, ALMA looks forward to working with Dr. Diallo for sustained action, resource mobilisation and accountability to end Malaria by 2030”, she added.
Dr. Diallo served as Minister of Health of Guinea from 2016 to 2018, leading the Ebola response and subsequently mobilised action and resources to transform health systems and build community resilience in the aftermath of the outbreak. He has overseen some African Union Statutory meetings on health including convening 55 African Union Member States for an Experts Meeting on AIDS, TB and Malaria in 2017 in Conakry with a subsequent Assembly Decision focused on increased action, resource mobilisation and accountability for the three diseases. He has led the development of health and supply chain systems in more than 20 African, Caribbean and Asian countries. He also has extensive experience working with various bilateral, multilateral and international organisations.
Dr. Diallo joins the RBM Partnership to End Malaria at a strategic moment when the Partnership and ALMA have been requested by Heads of State and Government to support the African Union to implement various Assembly decisions taken by Heads of State and Government in February 2019 to catalyse action against Malaria including country launches of the Zero Malaria Starts With Me Campaign, establishment of national End Malaria Councils and Malaria Funds to galvanise political commitment and increased domestic investments from the public and private sector and further roll out and utilisation of national malaria control and elimination scorecards and action trackers by AU Member States to drive action and accountability.