Dear ReproNet-Africa Colleagues,
It is with profound sadness to inform you of the passing of Dr Joseph Kasonde who passed away in Lusaka, on Friday 25 August 2017 after a long battle with liver cancer.
Dr Kasonde served as Zambia’s Health Minister from 2011 until his retirement in 2016. During his lifetime he served under several capacities including ReproNet-Africa Chairperson. He also served as Executive Director of the Zambia Forum for Health Research (ZAMFOHR); Responsible Officer for Research Capacity Strengthening in Developing countries in the Special Programme for Research and Research Training in Human Reproduction for the World Health Organization; Director of Medical Services and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Zambia.
Dr Kasonde dedicated his life and energy advocating for knowledge translation – evidence informed decision making among researchers and research users. He strongly believed in the vital role that research has in the transformation of patient care and public health services.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kasonde family and friends.
Prof Helen Rees