Dr Francisco Saúte is a medical doctor with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of communicable diseases with an emphasis on malaria and HIV/AIDS. Dr Saúte is scientific director and program director for the Malaria Elimination Initiative at the Manhiça Health Research Center (MHRC). He oversees design, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and publication of operational research relevant for malaria elimination
Before joining MHRC, Dr Saúte worked at FHI360, first as director of the Male Circumcision Program and then as the clinical director of the HIV/AIDS Health Systems Strengthening Project. Dr Saúte also served as resident advisor for the U.S. President´s Malaria Initiative in Angola and Rwanda. Previously, Dr Saúte served as director of the Mozambican National Malaria Control Program and as head of the Communicable Disease Division, and helped coordinate the National HIV/AIDS Surveillance System at the Ministry of Health in Mozambique. Concomitantly, he was course organizer and lecturer in Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medicine at Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique. Dr Saúte earned a Medical degree from the University of Eduardo Mondlane. He earned a master’s degree in Communicable Disease Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a Doctor of Philosophy in Malaria Epidemiology from the University of Barcelona in Spain.