The New York Times - January 24, 2012
The executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS,
Tuberculosis and Malaria resigned Tuesday, culminating two months
of struggle over the future direction of the fund.
Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, a French AIDS specialist who helped set
up the fund 10 years ago and had overseen it for the last five
years, said he was leaving because the fund's board announced in
it would appoint a general manager to oversee day-to-day
operations and a new transition plan. That effectively reduced
Dr. Kazatchkine's role to that of chief fund-raiser and public
"He felt there wasn't room at the top for two people and the best
thing he should do is step aside," a fund spokesman, Jon Lid�n,
On Tuesday, the board named as general manager a retired bank
executive, Gabriel Jaramillo. A Brazilian citizen educated in
California, Mr. Jaramillo was on a panel that recently looked at
the fund's auditing controls, found them flawed and proposed a
reorganization plan. He said his goals would be "to achieve
maximum efficiency, accountability and concrete results that save
The fund has had a hard time raising money in the last two years
because of the global recession and corruption scandals. Although
only a fraction of the fund's grants appeared to have been stolen
and the thefts were uncovered by its own inspector general, they
took place in several countries. Some countries threatened to
stop contributing unless reforms were made.
In late 2010, after saying it needed a minimum of $13 billion,
the fund was able to raise only $11.7 billion. In November, it
said it would continue existing grants but make no new ones.
In his annual letter to the
ual-Letter], drafted before Dr. Kazatchkine resigned and released
on Tuesday evening, Bill Gates, founder of the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation, noted the fund's troubles. "Given the places
where the Global Fund works," he said, "it was not surprising
that some of the money was diverted for corrupt purposes."