Dr Pedro Alonso is director of the Global Malaria Programme at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The Global Malaria Programme is responsible for the coordination of 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. Prior to his appointment at the WHO, Dr Alonso served as director of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), professor of Global Health at the University of Barcelona, and president of the Governing Board of the Manhiça Foundation and the Manhiça Health Research Center in Mozambique.
A national of Spain, Dr Alonso spent over 30 years in public health, having started his career as a physician working in West Africa. His scientific research work has focused on the key determinants of morbidity and mortality in the most vulnerable population groups. He has published over 300 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, primarily on malaria treatment, vaccine trials, and preventive therapies, and he has served on several national and international committees. He is committed to capacity building of both institutions and individuals, primarily in Africa.