Washington, D.C., February 8, 2022— Malaria No More CEO Martin Edlund issued the following statement upon the announcement that Dr. Raj Panjabi will be vacating the role of U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator to assume the position of Senior Director for Global Health Security and Biodefense on the White House National Security Council (NSC):

As Dr. Raj Panjabi takes his new post at the NSC, Malaria No More thanks him for his dedication, vision and passionate approach to pandemic preparedness and ending malaria— the world’s oldest pandemic— within our lifetime.

Dr. Panjabi’s tenure as head of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), while brief, set a bold ambition to “End Malaria Faster” while saving 4 million additional lives and preventing 1 billion more malaria cases over the next five years through innovation and expanded U.S. leadership on malaria.

We look forward to working with Dr. Panjabi in his new role and advancing PMI’s critical agenda alongside Acting Coordinator Julie Wallace, and the newly appointed U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator. The swift appointment of Dr. Panjabi’s replacement by President Biden will ensure that PMI continues to effectively save lives from malaria and supports the global response to COVID-19 and other pandemic threats through its unique capabilities in frontline fever testing and treatment, and the training of community health workers.


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