Today marks exactly one year since the tragic loss of Malaria Consortium’s Global Technical Director and co-founder, Dr Sylvia Meek.
Losing Sylvia when she was still such an indomitable intellectual force – one that helped make Malaria Consortium the success it is today - was heart-breaking. But we didn’t only lose her wise leadership, we lost a great mentor and friend.
Sylvia’s contribution to the fight against infectious disease cannot be overstated. She co-founded Malaria Consortium in 2003 with a vision to fill health care system gaps and reach the most vulnerable communities with evidence-based interventions, as well as continuing health research in areas where it is needed most. Her legacy is enormous. She has been instrumental in changing for the better so many lives around the world and saving many more as a result of her work.
We remember Sylvia every day in the very fabric of what we do at Malaria Consortium. She is behind all that we have achieved because she has left us strong, capable and driven to achieve our mission.
"We miss Sylvia; her intellect, her wit, her soft-spoken demeanor and so much more," James Tibenderana, Malaria Consortium Technical Director and Sylvia's friend said today. "She touched our lives and everyone she met. As we celebrate her life, it is an opportunity to reflect on the work we do to improve the lives of our beneficiaries around the world. Sylvia's legacy lives on."
We extend their thoughts and condolences to Sylvia’s family and many friends today as they remember her on this sad anniversary.