The Honourable Ministers, Directors, Staff, and Partners of the SADC Elimination 8 Initiative are saddened by the passing of Mr. Simon Kunene. Mr. Kunene was a champion and hero in the regional fight against malaria, and the first Chairman of the Elimination 8 Technical Committee as well as the Elimination 8 Secretariat Governing Board. He will be sorely missed, and the fight against malaria will continue in his honour. We send our heartfelt condolences to family, friends, colleagues and the global health community.

May his soul rest in eternal peace.