MALAWI – The World Health Organization (WHO) Malawi Country Office has confirmed the appointment of Dr Neema Rusibamayila Kimambo as the new country representative, effective 1st June 2022.
Prior to her new role, Dr Neema Rusibamayila Kimambo joined the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) in Congo, Brazzaville in 2018 as a medical officer focused on Child and Adolescent health.
Dr Kimambo is a senior public health specialist and pediatrician who provided technical leadership and guidance to Member States in Africa in child health programming including quality of care and infant and young child feeding.
She also contributed to development of the Strategy to Reduce the double burden of Malnutrition in the African Region 2019-2025 during her tenure at the WHO Regional Office for Africa.
Moreover, she served as the acting WHO Representative for Ghana between November 2019 to February 2021 where she provided strategic leadership for effective implementation and delivery of the WHO Country Strategy for Ghana.
Dr Neema Rusibamayila is a graduate of Medicine and Master of Medicine Degree in Pediatrics and Child Health from University of Dar-es-salaam with a Master’s in Public Health from the University of London, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
She brings a wealth of knowledge, connections and vision in public health to WHO Malawi Country Office with 25 years of excellent achievements both in Tanzania and internationally.
Her appointment comes at a time when Malawi is experiencing disease outbreaks and health emergencies that have impacted the health system and she is expected to contribute towards helping all people attain the highest possible level of health.
“With the commitment from the country, regional and global WHO leadership, WHO reaffirms its commitment to ensure there is continuity of health services and that we build back stronger and resilient health systems together,” said Dr Kimambo.
Her expertise to positively impact health systems in the African region will help support WHO efforts in Malawi in providing technical and policy leadership in health matters to achieve the expected outcomes including managing the COVID-19 pandemic, floods as well as the polio and cholera outbreaks.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nancy Tembo acknowledged the crucial role that WHO plays in Malawi in the delivery of health programme activities, adding that the World Health Organization support to Malawi is in line with the country’s priorities as well as Sustainable Development Goals.