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Jeff Pritchard (left) presents Philip Welkhoff an Appreciation Award from the Rotary Committee for Malaria Elimination in The Gambia.

Malaria Partners International representatives Adriana Lanting and Jeff Pritchard journeyed to Washington DC in late-November in conjunction with the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) Conference; a gathering attracting over 4,500 health care professionals from around the globe.

Prior to the Conference, Adriana and Jeff were able to meet with other groups engaged in malaria elimination to share best practices and explore effective means of collaboration for work in sub-Sahara Africa.  Of particular note that included:

  • Susan Henderson and Martin Alilo with the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in coordination with their formal external partnership efforts.
  • Rebecca Vander Meulen and Alexandra Gordon of the JC Flowers Foundation which in partnership with Isdelle Flowers is working with faith-based leaders in challenging cross-border areas.
  • Kammerele Schneider and Todd Jennings with PATH/MACEPA who provide technical guidance and assistance in community led malaria intervention.
  • Philip Welkhoff and Nathan Perkins of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who provided further insight on the Foundation’s long-term vision for malaria elimination.

Jeff and Adriana also attended the November 20th Washington DC Rotary Club luncheon to hear presentations from Dorothy Echodu, CEO of Pilgrim Africa; and Philip Welkhoff, Malaria Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.