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A LOSS FOR THE MALARIA COMMUNITY

The African Leaders Malaria Alliance takes this opportunity to pay its heartfelt respects to the family of Dr. Alan Magill, Director of the Malaria Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who passed away on Saturday in Seattle. Alan was an avid supporter of ALMA and a committed champion of malaria elimination. One of his colleagues from WHO writes: “In his three years as Director of the Malaria Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Alan challenged his team to transform the vision of a malaria-free world into a reality. His death is a terrible loss, but we’re confident that his incredible moral and intellectual example will inspire others to work even harder to get the job done. As you may know, Alan was a career military officer prior to joining the foundation, and he carried on the proud military tradition of entrusting each member of his team with a challenge coin. The challenge that he inscribed on that coin – Malaria Delenda Est (Malaria Must Be Defeated) – is not an easy one, and it will not be achieved without decades of hard work. The biggest tribute we can pay is to embrace his mission.”