Dr. Francisco Saúte earned his medical degree from the University of Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique, and has nearly 20 years of work experience in the field of Communicable Diseases with emphasis on Malaria and HIV/AIDS. He earned a Masters Degree in Communicable Disease Epidemiology from the University of London/The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Malaria Epidemiology from the University of Barcelona, Spain.
Since November 2014, Dr. Saúte has served as the Director of the Malaria Elimination Initiative in southern Mozambique at the Manhiça Health Research Center (CISM), where he oversees design, implementation, monitoring, and reporting/publication of operational research relevant for malaria elimination.
Before that he had a short tenure with FHI360, first as Director of their Male Circumcision Program and then Clinical Director of their HIV/AIDS Health Systems Strengthening Project, from December 2013 – October 2014.
Dr. Saúte served as Resident Advisor for the US President’s Malaria Initiative in Angola for 5 years (2006 -2011) and Rwanda for 2 years (2011 – 2013), where he was responsible for planning, implementation and monitoring of Malaria Control Interventions in close coordination with the Centres for Disease Prevention and Control and his host country counterparts.
From 2003-2006, Dr. Saúte served as the Director of the Mozambican National Malaria Control Program and Head of 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, in Maputo.
Dr. Saúte started his career after graduating from the medical school, exactly 20 years ago, as Training Research Fellow at the National Institute of Health seconded to CISM, where he worked for 7 years and participated in designing, implementation, analysis and publication of various epidemiological studies and worked as clinician at the local district hospital in Manhiça district, southern Mozambique.