Neglected Tropical Disease Mentorship Launched in Honour of Dr Mwele Malecela
NNN: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced plans to establish a mentoring program for African women working on neglected tropical disease programs. The mentorship is in honor of the late Dr. Mwele Malecela, who was one of Africa’s most respected scientists and public health leaders.
The mentoring program will provide African women with leadership training skills, as well as travel and networking opportunities to become leaders and champions of efforts to eliminate neglected tropical diseases.
“Dr. Mwele was an inspiration to women in science. She freely gave her time and talents to mentor and motivate the next generation of healthcare professionals globally, particularly women, and this mentoring program will keep her legacy alive,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director of the WHO for Africa. “Focused specifically on African women living in African countries, the program aims to help them overcome barriers to realize their potential and become leaders and champions of eliminating neglected tropical diseases domestically and internationally.”
Neglected tropical diseases are a set of 20 diseases or groups of diseases that occur predominantly in tropical and subtropical regions. They include lymphatic filariasis, more commonly known as elephantiasis, onchocerciasis or river blindness, schistosomiasis, or bilharzia, as well as human African trypanosomiasis, often called sleeping sickness.
Mwele Malecela’s mentoring program is part of broader efforts to drive progress towards the goals of the Global Neglected Tropical Diseases Roadmap 2021-2030, which seeks to reduce by 90% the number of people requiring treatment for diseases; that at least 100 countries eliminate at least one neglected tropical disease; eradicate two diseases (guinea worm and yaws); and reduce disability related to these diseases by 75%.
Globally, more than a billion people are affected by neglected tropical diseases. Africa accounts for nearly 40% (400 million people) of the global burden. These diseases can be devastating, causing severe pain, disabilities and deformities, malnutrition, growth retardation, and cognitive decline. Anemia, caused by some of these diseases, has a direct impact on maternal mortality.
Dr. Malecela served as Director of the Office of the Regional Director for Africa in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo and later as Director of the WHO Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases at WHO headquarters in Geneva. Prior to joining WHO, Dr. Malecela served as Director General of the National Institute for Medical Research in the United Republic of Tanzania (the first woman to hold this position) and as Founding Director of the National Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program in Tanzania.
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