Dr. Mario H. Rodriguez Lopez
National Public Health Institute
Dr. Rodriguez is a leading authority on malaria and has spent a great deal of his professional career working closely with various partners to control malaria in Mexico. He is a driving force of the Mesoamerican Initiative for Public Health working to eliminate malaria in the region. In this role, he has been successful in implementing and coordinating plans to further control malaria and develop an information system for health in the Mesoamerica region.
Getting the Job Done
As a researcher and innovative leader, Dr. Rodriguez assisted in developing a working group for scientific and technical cooperation for malaria control in Mexico. His expertise has made him one of the leaders in extending technical support on policymaking to control programs. Additionally, he supported and collaborated in the development and execution of a project to develop alternative vector control methods without the use of insecticides in Mexico and Central America.
Regarded as a malaria expert, he has produced over 141 articles, published four books, and participated in the preparation of 22 book chapters.
He formed a group of scientists devoted to research and service to Vector-Borne Disease Control Programs in Mexico. Additionally, he also conceived and was instrumental in developing the Malaria Research Center, which later expanded its reach to become a Regional Center for Public Health Research located in Tapachula, Chiapas. Dr. Rodriguez has also consolidated cooperative partnerships with universities, research institutes, international NGOs, research societies as well as national health authorities at international levels.
He has extended technical support on policymaking to control programs, with the implementation of targeted control model, providing hypotheses and supporting arguments used in coordination with the National Program which reported reduction of transmission to up to 70% between 1999 and 2003, including an additional 31% between 2004 and 2007.
He supported the development of the alternative vector control methods without the use of insecticides for Mexico which was also implemented by the Central American countries through the DDT-GEF Project supported by the UN Environmental Program (UNEP). During the implementation of the project between 2002 and 2008, marked reductions were reported by Mexico and the Central American countries in the demonstration areas.