Interim leadership announced for the Global Drug Facility

7 October 2009 - Geneva - Mr Thomas Marion Moore took up his duties today as interim Chief Operating Officer of the Stop TB Partnership's Global Drug Facility (GDF). Mr Moore will stand in for Mr Robert H. Matiru for the next six months, during which time Mr Matiru will serve as project manager for pandemic influenza vaccines deployment. The Stop TB Partnership has agreed to release Mr Matiru to take on this role at the request of Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.

"We are both delighted and fortunate to have obtained the services of Mr Moore, a highly experienced professional with a 38-year track record in pharmacy management in the private and public sectors and at local and international levels," said Dr Marcos Espinal, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership.

Formerly Principal Program Associate, Management Sciences for Health, in Arlington, Virginia; he has most recently served as a consultant for GDF, providing technical assistance in TB medicine supply systems and sourcing of TB medicines. From 2002-2003 Mr Moore was on staff at the Stop TB Partnership and helped establish GDF.

He has broad experience developing pharmacy management programmes and providing technical assistance to ministries of health in a great many countries, including Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Honduras, Egypt, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kenya, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Philippines, Russia, South Africa, Surinam and Viet Nam.

Mr Moore holds a Master of Science degree in Community Health Administration from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of North Carolina.