Dr Gawrie Galappathtthy is a medical doctor with more than 20 years of experience in planning, monitoring, and implementing malaria control and elimination activities in the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) in Sri Lanka under the Ministry of Health. She is currently serving as a medical officer in the Elimination Unit, Global Malaria Programme, World Health Organization (WHO). At WHO, she is responsible for supporting countries in achieving malaria elimination, with a focus on the 21 countries who can reach zero indigenous cases by 2020. Dr Gawrie joined the WHO in 2012 (initially at the country office in Myanmar) and is an expert in malaria epidemiology, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, drug policy, case and program management, as well as neglected tropical diseases and malaria research. Prior to her current position, she worked as the team leader, malaria, other vector borne diseases and parasite diseases at the WHO country office in Vietnam. She was responsible for supporting the Vietnam NMCP in implementing the Emergency Response to Artemisinin Resistance in Vietnam, providing technical input, and donor coordination.
Dr Gawrie earned a Medical degree and master’s degree in Public Health from the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.