United to Beat Malaria is excited to welcome Dr. David Walton, MD MPH, as the newly confirmed U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator to lead the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).
Dr. Walton brings over two decades of experience working in global health – specifically in highly vulnerable countries and communities, working to strengthen health systems, improve and expand access to medical care, and coordinate new medical infrastructure.
“We’re thrilled with the Administration’s appointment of Dr. Walton and look forward to building on our long-standing partnership with PMI under his leadership,” said Margaret McDonnell, Executive Director of United to Beat Malaria. “As an organization that has always prioritized reaching those most vulnerable to malaria, we are encouraged by Dr. Walton’s lifetime commitment to strengthen health systems, reduce health inequities and improve access to care for those most difficult to reach.”
A practicing physician at Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital for 19 years, Dr. Walton also worked in Haiti with Partners in Health for 15 years and led the development of three hospitals in central Haiti. He worked on the frontlines of Haiti’s 2010 Cholera outbreak and the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. In 2018, Dr. Walton co-founded Build Health International, a non-profit dedicated to designing and building health infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries.
Read PMI’s statement to learn more about Dr. Walton’s background.
We’d like to sincerely thank Acting US Global Malaria Coordinator Julie Wallace for leading PMI through this transition period, and for her vital leadership and expertise over her 16-year tenure at PMI.