MSH Mourns Death of Congressman Donald Payne: Global Health Community Loses Inspirational Leader

[Congressman Donald Payne. Photo credit: David Gard/The Star-Ledger.]Congressman Donald Payne. Photo credit: David Gard/The Star-Ledger.
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) staff worldwide are saddened at the passing of Congressman Donald Payne. Payne was a great advocate for global health and development assistance for the poorest countries in the world, especially for the people of Africa.

For more than 24 years, Mr. Payne has served the people of New Jersey admirably in various leadership positions including Senior Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights; and Member of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere.

Mr. Payne had a long career with numerous achievements. He co-founded the Malaria Caucus in 2008 and secured $50 million for prevention, control and treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis. He was instrumental in the passage of a bill authorizing $50 billion for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria under the historic PEPFAR program.

In 2002, Mr. Payne authored the Sudan Peace Act, a measure to facilitate famine relief efforts and a comprehensive solution to the war in Sudan, which was approved by Congress. He also successfully secured passage of a 2004 resolution declaring genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Mr. Payne was one a handful of Members of Congress invited to witness the 2005 signing of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended the 21 year war between North and South Sudan. While Mr. Payne was known as an Ambassador for Africa he also supported the end of violence in Ireland.

"MSH had the honor of working with Mr. Payne on a number of occasions over the years. On behalf of the millions of people whose lives he touched directly or indirectly, we will miss his support and leadership," said Dr. Jonathan D. Quick, MSH President and CEO.