Statement from CHAI interim Co-CEOs Joy Phumaphi and Ann Veneman on passing of Dr. Tachi Yamada

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Dr. Tachi Yamada was the CHAI Board Chair.

We were shocked and saddened to learn today that CHAI’s Board Chair, Dr. Tachi Yamada, has passed away.

Tachi has been a driving force in global health for decades and his loss will be felt around the world. As a physician, professor, mentor, and leader of large and respected international institutions, Tachi’s contributions to health and development touched billions of lives around the globe.

We both worked closely with Tachi when he was at the Gates Foundation, and more recently on the CHAI Board. His service and dedication to helping and supporting people, most notably the marginalized around the world, was unparalleled.

Tachi’s legacy will live on in the institutions he led, the patients he treated, and the countless people he helped along the way.

We invite the many people who knew and loved Tachi to share messages of remembrance below.



Regan Lachapelle, Director of Communications, rlachapelle@clintonhealthaccess.org