Ethiopian Health Minister to chair Global Fund Board

Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Ethiopian Minister of H e alth, as the new board chair, the global fund announced Friday.
Ernest Loevinsohn, Director General of the Global Initiatives Directorate in the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), was elected vice-chair, the f u nd said.
Since 1986, and prior to his appointment as minister in 2005, Ghebreyesus has se rved in a number of expert and leadership positions within the Ministry of Healt h at both country and regional levels.
According to the Global Fund, he is also broadly recognized for his leadership i n the rapidly evolving field of global health and has been working steadily to e n hance Ethiopia’s active engagement in a number of major international forums.
Ghebreyesus served as chair of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership until May 2009, and currently chairs the UNAIDS Programme Coordination Board.
Additionally, he has various roles in other advisory groups, such as the Partner ship for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, the Executive Committee of the Part n ers in Population and Development, the GAVI Alliance and the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation.
"The honour of this overwhelming vote of support belongs to my country, Ethiopia , which I am very privileged to represent.
I am deeply humbled by this election and recognize well the weight of the responsibilities that come with it.
The Glo b al Fund faces big challenges ahead.
But I am also optimistic about the great opp o rtunities we now have for ensuring that this unique and innovative organization c ontinues to be a success over the coming years”, said Ghebreyesus.
“Stronger partnerships, greater engagement of implementing constituencies and cl earer demonstration of the Global Fund’s impact will be key.
We look forward to s haring our experiences in Ethiopia in implementing Global Fund-supported program m es for expanding service delivery at the same time as building our health system .
” During the seven years since its creation, the Global Fund has grown to become t he dominant financier of programmes to fight AIDS, TB and malaria, with US$ 16 b i llion in firm pledges and commitments of US$ 10.
3 billion for programmes in 140 c ountries.
So far, programmes supported by the Global Fund have averted 4 million deaths, t hrough providing AIDS treatment for 2.
3 million people, TB treatment for 5.
4 mil l ion people, and distributed 88 million bed nets.
Ghebreyesus takes over the role of Chair from Rajat Gupta, partner and former ma naging director of McKinsey

10 july 2009 16:35:00

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