Dr Mwele Malecela joined WHO’s Regional Office for Africa in April 2017 as the Director in the Office of the Regional Director responsible for providing policy, managerial and diplomatic advice to the RD, coordinating and facilitating the plan of work for all units under the RDO Cluster, and monitoring the implementation of policy decisions of WHO governing bodies. She also provides support to the RD on strategic directions of WHO’s work in the region. Previously, she was the Director General of the National Institute for Medical Research Tanzania, the first woman to hold this position.
Dr Malecela has extensive experience working with WHO, both at the technical level and with governing bodies as a member state. She was a member of WHO’s Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for Neglected Tropical Diseases, and was the former Chair of the African Regional Program Review for Neglected Tropical Diseases. She has wide experience in partnerships for health.
With over 30 years’ experience in public health research at the National Institute for Medical Research, Dr Malecela was also the founding director of the Tanzania Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program. As Director General, she focused on research capacity strengthening and building strong national research systems, which she extended to national public health institutes through her work with the International Association of Public Health Institutes (IANPHI).
Mwele holds a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Dar-es-Salaam and an MSc and PhD in Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Tanzania Academy of Sciences, and has published extensively in peer reviewed journals.