WASHINGTON – Richard Reithinger, Ph.D., senior director for Infectious Disease Programs for RTI International’s Global Health division, was appointed to the Technical Review Panel of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The Global Fund is the largest international financing institution for governments and organizations involved in fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The primary function of the review panel is to assess funding requests for strategic focus and technical merit, and make funding recommendations to the Global Fund board.
Reithinger was among a handful of malaria experts chosen.
“The Global Fund has revolutionized Global Health since its inception in 2002,” Reithinger said. “It has galvanized the efforts of the international community to tackle the world's most important infectious diseases as well as providing countries with the resources to establish, implement and scale-up disease programs to significantly impact morbidity and mortality of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. This is a wonderful opportunity to continue the work being done around the world to combat these diseases, and turn knowledge into practice to help end the devastation that these diseases cause.”
In addition to this appointment with the Global Fund’s Technical Review Panel, Reithinger was also elected as a Councilor on the Committee on Global Health and selected as a member of the Scientific Program Committee of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
The society, founded in 1903, includes scientists, clinicians and program professionals whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor. It is one of the leading platforms globally and in the United States to inform the public, professionals and policy-makers about matters relevant to global health.
Prior to joining RTI in 2012, Reithinger worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Ethiopia as the President’s Malaria Initiative team leader and malaria advisor, establishing and subsequently leading the implementation as well as the monitoring and evaluation of the program portfolio in Ethiopia. He has also conducted operational research and program work for other organizations in Afghanistan, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Kenya, Pakistan, Peru, South Sudan, and Sudan.