Richard Reithinger, MSc, PhD, is a practical, innovative leader and extensively published author in the field of malaria and other vector-borne disease epidemiology, case management, prevention, and control. He is an epidemiologist with field-based experience managing infectious disease programs in Africa, Central Asia, and Latin America, as well as managing multi-country programs and developing standards-based country policies and strategies for neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and other areas.
Dr. Reithinger is an internationally recognized leader in malaria and infectious disease control programs, relying on a collaborative and participatory approach to management to work effectively with all levels of stakeholders in global health programs. He calls on a breadth of operational and technical knowledge to plan, implement, and monitor program implementation. His background in vector control issues and public health practices has enabled him to play a key role in our Zika virus initiatives.
Previously, he established and led the design, implementation, and M&E of the PMI portfolio in Ethiopia, including scale-up of indoor residual spraying of households with insecticide, long-lasting insecticidal nets, rapid diagnostic tests, antimalarial drugs, behavior change communication, and surveillance. Dr. Reithinger is the Malaria Focal Person of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Technical Review Panel; an Honorary Reader at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; and a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Program and Travel Award committees.
Dr. Reithinger is on the editorial boards of PLos Neglected Tropical Diseases, BMC Infectious Diseases, and the Transaction of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in international medical or scientific journals, including reports on original research and operational project data, systematic reviews, or commentaries. Dr. Reithinger is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and German, and is proficient in Portuguese.