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Current Members: International Task Force for Disease Eradication

Stephen B. Blount, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair, 2016—present
Member 2009—present
Director of Special Health Programs and Advisor to Hispaniola Initiative
The Carter Center

Former Associate Director for Global Health Development, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, responsible for leading CDC’s collaborations with CARE to more closely link health programs to broader social and economic development efforts, particularly in Haiti, India, and Mozambique. Assigned to the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1993 to 1997, when he served as Director of the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre in Trinidad and Tobago.

J. Peter Figueroa, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Health
Epidemiology and HIV/AIDS
The University of the West Indies

Developed a doctorate program in public health at The University of the West Indies, Jamaica. He was formerly the Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health and for many years the Chief Epidemiologist and Director of the National HIV/STI Program in Jamaica and a Scientific Secretary of the Caribbean Health Research Council. He has represented the Government of Jamaica on regional and international health-related agencies and conducted consultancies in the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. He has chaired the Caribbean Immunization Managers’ annual meeting since 1989 and served on the PAHO Technical Advisory Group for the Expanded Program of Immunization since 1990. He has been rapporteur of the WHO Advisory Committee on Polio Eradication since 2004. Between 2002 and 2005 he served on the independent review committee of GAVI. He is Chair of the UNAIDS HIV Prevention Reference Group and Deputy Chair of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism of the Pan Caribbean AIDS Partnership, PANCAP.

Donald R. Hopkins, M.D., M.P.H.
Chair, 2001—2016
Member 2001—present

Special Advisor, Guinea Worm Eradication
The Carter Center

Participated in the Smallpox Eradication Program (Sierra Leone, India, Ethiopia); co-chaired the 1997 Dahlem Conference (Berlin); Project Director for the first International Task Force for Disease Eradication; former CDC Deputy Director.

Kashef Ijaz, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice President for Health Programs
The Carter Center

Previously principal deputy director in the Division of Global Health Protection, Center for Global Health, at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; served as deputy director for science and programs in the Center for Global Health and chief of the Tuberculosis Field Services and Evaluation Branch in the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention. He helped lead the CDC’s responses to the West Africa Ebola epidemic of 2014-16, the MERS-CoV outbreak of 2013-14, and the H1N1 pandemic of 2009; a public health physician by training, began his career as a medical epidemiologist at the Arkansas Department of Health, where he worked with marginalized rural populations at the state, local, and community levels, and has worked extensively in Asia, Africa, and across the developing world on malaria, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases.

Dr. Fernando Lavadenz M.
Senior Health Specialist
Health, Nutrition and Population
The World Bank

Held senior level government positions related to policy assessment, decision-making and corporative management, as Chief of Cabinet, (Vice Minister of Health eq.), General Manager of Health Sector Reform, General Director of Health, and Director of Public Health Insurances. Previously to join the World Bank, he worked with different international organizations, the IDB and World Health Organization (WHO) in Asia and America. Trained as a Medical Doctor, holds a title of Specialist in Clinical Oncology and Chemotherapy, a title of Specialist in Clinical Pharmacology, and a Diploma (Master) in Public Health, as well as a Certification in Hospitals Management. Trained as WHO/PAHO “Resident in International Health”, has received, additional and continuous training in management, health insurances, health financing, and research in health economics.

Dr. Mwelecele Malecela
Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
World Health Organization (WHO)

Former Director in the Office of the Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo; prior to joining WHO in April 2017, served as the Director-General of the National Institute for Medical Research, United Republic of Tanzania – the first woman to occupy this post – and as founding Director of the Tanzania Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Programmme; worked for 24 years at the National Institute for Medical Research in the field of lymphatic filariasis immuno-epidemiology and ran successful programmes for lymphatic filariasis patients.

David Molyneux, Ph.D., D.Sc., Hon.FRCP
Professor of Tropical Health Sciences
Department of Parasitology
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

Former Director of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom); member of the WHO Expert Panel on Parasitic Diseases; former President of the British Society of Parasitology and Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene; member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the World Bank/UNDP/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (NTD/STAG); member of the International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication. Former Chair, Expert Advisory Committee, Onchocerciasis Control Programme; Executive Secretary, Global Alliance to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (GAELF), 2006-2010.

Ana Morice Trejos, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc.
Independent Consultant

Former Technical Director of the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Training in Health and Nutrition (INCIENSA) and Vice-Minister of Health in Costa Rica (2008-2011). International Consultant (PAHO: 2005-2008, 2011-2019; WHO:2016; CDC:2000-02) responsible to implement measles and rubella elimination strategies and develop the regional protocol to verify measles, rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome elimination in the Region of the Americas. International experience in designing tools and training for monitoring coverage of public health interventions, data quality assessment, planning and microplanning for immunization service delivery and Mass Drug Administration to eliminate Neglected Infectious Diseases. Member of WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) Working Group on Quality and Use of Global Immunization and Surveillance Data, 2017-2019.

David A. Ross, Sc.D.
President & CEO
The Task Force for Global Health

Provides strategic direction to The Task Force and oversees seven programs focused on neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, field epidemiology, and public health informatics. Dr. Ross assumed leadership of The Task Force on May 1, 2016, after 16 years as director of The Task Force’s Public Health Informatics Institute (PHII) and its predecessor All Kids Count. Prior to joining The Task Force, Dr. Ross was founding director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s first national initiative to improve the information infrastructure of public health in the United States.

W. William Schluter, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Global Immunization Division
Center for Global Health
U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Served as the Director for the Global Immunization Division at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since January 2017. He supported immunization programs in multiple countries including long-term assignments in the World Health Organization Offices for Ethiopia, Nepal and the Western Pacific Region based in the Philippines. Dr Schluter attended Creighton University School of Medicine before completing residency training in both family medicine and general preventive medicine and public health. He served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at CDC in the National Immunization Program.

Laurence (Larry) Slutsker, M.D., M.P.H.
Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases

Experience in HIV/AIDS and diarrheal diseases, conducted epidemiologic research on a broad range of topics, including malaria (with over 17 years with the Malaria Branch at CDC), causes of infant mortality in developing countries, and reproductive and general tropical public health. Former Director of the KEMRI/CDC Research Station in western Kenya (2001-2005), Chief of the Malaria Branch at CDC (2005-2010), and Associate Director for Science, CGH (2010-2012). He has held past or current senior advisory roles with WHO, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, NIH (NIAID and Fogarty International Center), Consortium of the Universities of Global Health, FDA, The Carter Center, Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and Malaria No More. He has authored or coauthored more than 200 scientific journal articles, book chapters, and other publications.

Jordan Tappero, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Program Officer
Neglected Tropical Diseases
Global Health Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

A physician epidemiologist by training, he joined the foundation in January 2018 after completing a 25-year career with CDC. He has broad public health skills including: the conduct of randomized clinical trials; the implementation of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and NTD prevention, care and treatment programs; the introduction of new childhood vaccines; developing surveillance systems; and serving as CDC Incident Manager for complex humanitarian emergencies (Haiti post-earthquake cholera and West African Ebola epidemics). He has global health experience across four continents including 14 years residing overseas as a CDC Country Director in Botswana, Thailand, Uganda and Haiti. In 2017, he retired from the U.S. Public Health Service at the rank of Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General. He holds three American Board Certifications and has co-authored over 260 peer-reviewed publications.

Dyann Wirth, Ph.D., M.A.
Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Director of Harvard Malaria Initiative
Harvard School of Public Health

Former Chair of the WHO/UNDP/World Bank Tropical Disease Research Steering Committee on Drugs for Malaria; recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Award in Molecular Parasitology; Immediate Past President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; present Chair of the Harvard’s Division of Biological Sciences.

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