Dr. Nafo-Traoré most recently served as the Executive Director of Roll Back Malaria, the global platform for coordinated action against malaria. She has more than 25 years of experience in national health development, and regional and international public health.
Dr. Nafo-Traoré started her career at the community level, training and supervising rural health workers and responding to health emergencies in her home country of Mali. Building on this experience she played a lead role in the overhaul of her country’s health care system.
Between 2000 and 2002, she served as Mali’s Minister of Health and as Minister of Social Affairs, Solidarity and Elderly. She was then appointed the first Roll Back Malaria Executive Secretary in 2003, before working in a number of roles with the World Health Organization, including as representative in the Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.
Dr. Nafo-Traoré was a Board Member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) and Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV). She is fluent in both French and English.
Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré joined the IFRC as regional director, Africa, on 1 March 2016.