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AHF Applauds New Leadership at Global Fund




 

Business Wire - January 24, 2012

Largest Global AIDS Group Had Previously Called for New Leadership in Response to Reports of Financial and Management Shortcomings in Order to Restore Confidence in the Fund's Ability to Effectively Fight Global Health Epidemics WASHINGTON - Amid news that Executive Director Michel Kazatchkine will be stepping down in March, today AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) applauded reports of new leadership at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. In a press release on its website, the Global Fund announced today that it will appoint Gabriel Jaramillo as General Manager, "a newly created position intended to oversee a process of transformation as it accelerates the fight against the three pandemics by focusing on its management of risk and grants." The Global Fund is one of the world's leading funders of medical programs for less developed countries which may not have the resources or ability to provide care for their people. The $21.7 billion Fund relies on the donations of many developed countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, and Sweden for the money to fund these services. Many donor countries have reduced or withheld contributions to the Fund, prompting it to cancel making any new grants until 2014.

"The appointment of new leadership, along with Kazatchkine's departure, is a step in the right direction in restoring confidence in the Global Fund's ability to fight the epidemics it was created to address," said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). AHF provides care and treatment to over 123,000 people with HIV/AIDS worldwide, at its medical clinics in 26 countries. "We hope that new leadership will begin a path toward re-building the global fund and reassuring donor countries that funds will be used effectively and responsibly to carry out the urgently-needed, lifesaving mission of the agency." AHF began calling for Kazatchkine to step down last September--and renewed its call in November--in the wake of a review of the Fund that found a number of financial and management shortcomings. The review, done at the request of the Global Fund was the product of a panel led by former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt and former Botswana President Festus Mogae. In addition, reports of waste, fraud, and corruption of Global Fund funded programs in Mali, Mauritania, and Zimbabwe, had previously led countries such as Germany and Denmark to withhold contributions.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 123,000 individuals in 26 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. www.aidshealth.org Contacts AIDS Healthcare Foundation Lori Yeghiayan Friedman Assoc. Dir. of Communications Cell: 323-377-4312 loriy@aidshealth.org



 


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