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Biography of Awa Marie COLL SECK

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Awa Marie Coll Seck (b. in 1951) is a Senegalese scientist  and the  executive secretary of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and a former minister of health for Senegal.

Prof Awa Marie Coll-Seck has been Executive Secretary of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership since March 2004. Her distinguished international and academic career in public health and medicine includes serving as Minister of Health of the Government of the Republic of Senegal, and Director for Policy, Strategy and Research of the Joint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). 

Awa Marie Coll-Seck was born in 1951 in Dakar, Senegal. After gaining a degree in medicine in 1978 from the University of Dakar, Awa Marie Coll-Seck served for more than ten years as a specialist in infectious diseases in leading hospitals in Dakar, Senegal and Lyon, France.  In 1989, she was appointed Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Dakar and Chief of Service for Infectious Diseases at the University Hospital in Dakar.

As Minister of Health in Senegal, she has initiated a far-reaching reform of the health sector in Senegal and engaged partners in the implementation and expansion of public health programmes and mobilized political commitment within her country for health as a key to economic and social development.

From 1996 to 2001, Awa Marie Coll-Seck served as a Director of the Joint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), leading the Department of Policy, Strategy and Research, and subsequently was named Director of the UNAIDS Department of Country and Regional Support for Africa, Asia, Eastern and Central Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

She is the author of over 150 publications on subjects including malaria, measles, tetanus, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular diseases.

Last update : 04/12/2010

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