Pedro L. Alonso


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Director of WHO Global Malaria Program (Switzerland).


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Pedro L. Alonso

Pedro L. Alonso is Director of the WHO Global Malaria Program in Geneva (Switzerland), which coordinates the WHO’s global efforts to control and eliminate malaria and sets evidence-based norms, standards, policies and guidelines to support malaria-affected countries around the world. Dr. Alonso has worked in public health for more than 30 years.

His scientific research has focused on key determinants of morbidity and mortality in the most vulnerable population groups. He has published over 300 articles in international journals – particularly on the treatment of malaria, vaccine trials and preventive therapies – and has served on several national and international committees. His many distinctions include the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Development Cooperation, the Gold Medal of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the Amigo de los Niños award from Save the Children, and the UNICEF International Award for Personal Achievement for his role in the fight against malaria.