It is with great sadness that we share the news that Dr Sylvia Meek, Global Technical Director of Malaria Consortium and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School, passed away on 11th May 2016.
Sylvia’s passion for the environment and disease control that led her to study Zoology at Oxford and later Animal Parasitology at the University College of North Wales, Bangor. This was followed by a PhD in mosquito genetics and control at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Her research at the London School laid some of the early foundations for current work on what are now termed ‘Wolbachia-infected mosquitoes’.
Sylvia was highly respected and well known for her contributions to malaria control all over the world; she had over 35 years experience working on malaria and vector-borne disease control and child health programmes. In the past she set up and led the Department for International Development’s (DFID) Resource Centre, a partnership between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, DFID and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Sylvia also worked for World Health Organisation in Solomon Islands, Namibia and Cambodia as well as working with the World Food Programme and the United Nation’s Development Programme setting up and running vector-borne disease programmes on the Thai-Cambodia border.
Throughout her career, Sylvia continued to be a part of the School community here and many students and staff have had the opportunity to learn from her as she made a huge impact on Malaria Consortium and malaria in general across the world. Sylvia will be greatly missed and our thoughts and condolences are with her family.
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Photo credit: Malaria Consortium. Dr Sylvia Meek and Community Drug Distributor trained by Malaria Consortium in South Sudan, Nudum Wuthuru Uguak. Aweil West. South Sudan.