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Africa: Mark Dybul Begins As Executive Director of the Global Fund

<p>Staff Writer</p>

January 21, 2013

Geneva - Mark Dybul took charge today as Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, promising to accelerate the organization's efforts to defeat these three highly infectious diseases by working closely with partners.

Dr. Dybul outlined an ambitious and energetic agenda for the coming year. The Global Fund will launch a new funding model in February, allowing the Global Fund to invest more strategically, engage implementers and partners more effectively and achieve greater impact in a way that improves the health and the lives of women and men and children all over the world.

Dr. Dybul said he plans to work hard to spread the word on why investing in this fight is so important, why preventing and treating infectious diseases are so critical, and why the partnership of the Global Fund offers tremendous value for money. In 2013, the Global Fund will appeal to governments and other donors for financial resources needed for programs from 2014 to 2016. Dr. Dybul said a big push is needed.

"With funding, we can defeat AIDS, TB and malaria," said Dr. Dybul. "Science has given us the tools to alter the trajectory, and then completely control these three terrible diseases. But science will only take us so far. We need the funding to support programs that enable health workers to reach the women and men and children who need treatment. We know how to do it. But we have to work together."

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