Dr. Pedro L. Alonso is the Director of the World Health Organization's Global Malaria Programme in Geneva, Switzerland. The Global Malaria Programme is responsible for the coordination of WHO's global efforts to control and eliminate malaria and sets evidence-based norms, standards, policies and guidelines to support malaria-affected countries around the world. Dr Alonso has spent over 30 years in public health. His scientific research work has focused on key determinants of morbidity and mortality in the most vulnerable population groups. He has published over 300 articles in international peer-reviewed journals - primarily on malaria treatment, vaccine trials and preventive therapies - and has served on several national and international committees. He is committed to capacity building of both institutions and individuals, primarily in Africa. Prior to taking up the World Health Organization position, Dr Alonso was Director of the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Professor of Global Health at the University of Barcelona, and President of the Governing Board of the Manhiça Health Research Centre in Mozambique.