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31 January 2017
Shawn Clackett

Helen Evans Appointment as an Officer in the Order of Australia

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Ms Helen Evans has been appointed as an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2017 for distinguished service to global health as an advocate for the improved treatment of infectious diseases in underprivileged populations, particularly for women and children.

Service includes: Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI), 2009-2014 and Interim Chief Executive Officer, 2011. Deputy Executive Director, The Global Fight to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, 2005-2009. First Assistant Secretary, Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Commonwealth Department of Health, 1997-2005. Assistant Secretary, Budget Information and Evaluation Branch, Portfolio Strategies Group, Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services. 1996-1997. Assistant Secretary, AIDS/Communicable Diseases Branch, Commonwealth Department of Human Services and Health, 1993-1996. Professional memberships include: Board Member, Burnett Institute, since 2015. Board Member, Fred Hollows Foundation, since 2015. Advisory Council Member, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, since 2014. Honorary Associate Professor, The Nossal Institute for Public Health

Pacific Friends’ Executive Director, Bill Bowtell AO, said “Helen has made an outstanding contribution to international health and development both in Australia and then in her successive roles at Gavi Alliance and with the Global Fund. I especially recall and congratulate Helen on her great contribution in the early days of HIV/AIDS in Australia, when her unwavering commitment to sane and sensible health policy-making were first honed and displayed.”

The Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, wrote a piece on Helen’s story, written by Robin Davies. Read it here.

Congratulations Helen!

23 January 2017
Shawn Clackett

Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board Appoints New CEO

Dr Kesetebirhan Admasu, Newly Appointed Chief Executive Officer

The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Kesetebirhan Admasu to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The RBM Board unanimously selected the exceptional Dr. Kesete for the role of RBM CEO at the 4th Partnership Board Meeting, following an extensive global search and selection process supported by executive search firm Egon Zehnder.

Dr Kesete will play a critical role as the global face of the new Partnership on a day-to-day basis, including establishing and leading a new Partnership Management Team and ensuring that regions and countries are empowered to address the global fight against malaria.

Dr. Winnie Mpanju-Shumbusho, Board Chair of the RBM Partnership said “As a champion of innovation, task-shifting and implementation at scale, Dr Kesete has the experience required to lead this global Partnership into a new era and drive momentum to end malaria for good. We are incredibly excited to welcome him on board.”

Dr Kesete will officially commence duties on 1 February 2017 and move into the new RBM offices at the Global Fund in Geneva on 1 March 2017. The RBM Board Leadership will support him in the phased recruitment of remaining members of the new Partnership Management Team over the course of 2017.

“I am excited to join RBM Partnership as the CEO. I look forward to working with all the RBM partners in the effort to relegate malaria into the history books.” – Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu

18 November 2016
Shawn Clackett

Global Fund Launches Search for Next Executive Director

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MONTREUX, Switzerland – The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has launched a search process to find an Executive Director to begin work in 2017.

At a Board meeting held on 16 and 17 November, the Board approved a nomination committee and invited all partners to encourage highly qualified leaders who can provide visionary direction in the mission of ending epidemics.

The Board also approved selection criteria and voting procedures, and outlined a schedule that is expected to name a new Executive Director on or around 1 March 2017.

Mark Dybul, the current Executive Director, informed the Board two years ago that he intended to step down in 2017, at the completion of his four-year term, to return to his position as a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Dybul has implemented dynamic improvements at the Global Fund, including a sharply increased focus on achieving impact, strong financial and risk management, effective partner engagement and a highly successful Replenishment conference in September 2016 that earned commitments of more than US$12.9 billion for the coming three years. Dr. Dybul has pledged to take all steps for a smooth transition to new leadership.

The 2016 Executive Director Nomination Committee is chaired by Jan Paehler, the Vice-Chair of the Board’s Ethics and Governance Committee. It includes six other members from the Board, as well as two independent members. The members from the Board are: Amy Baker, Michèle Boccoz, Sarah Boulton, Hristijan Jankuloski, Vinand Nantulya, and Filipe da Costa. The two independent members, Eric Goosby and Mphu Ramatlapeng, are both former Board members.

The nomination committee, with the support of an executive search firm, expects to interview the best candidates and to recommend up to four final candidates to the Board for its consideration at a retreat in late February. It intends to make a selection by 1 March 2017.

The Global Fund’s next Executive Director will oversee and guide the implementation of the 2017-2022 Strategy, “Investing to End Epidemics,” designed to maximize impact against HIV, TB and malaria and build resilient and sustainable systems for health. The strategy is fully aligned with partner plans and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Candidates for the role are expected to demonstrate a track record of exceptional leadership, excellent management skills, extensive partner engagement, energetic resource mobilization, and sustained advocacy.

The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.

The Global Fund, based in Geneva, convened its 36th Board meeting in nearby Montreux, Switzerland.

22 August 2016
Shawn Clackett

Usher and Global Citizen team up to support the Global Fund

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– The international advocacy organization Global Citizen in support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced that Usher, Half Moon Run, Metric, Grimes, and Charlotte Cardin will headline a free-ticketed concert on Saturday, September 17, at the Bell Centre in Montreal. With Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Bill Gates, Co-Founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, attending as special guests, the event will celebrate progress in global health and development.

Fans and activists can start earning their tickets by joining the Global Citizen movement at www.globalcitizen.org/canada, where they can take action in support of the Global Fund, a partnership of governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria united to end these epidemics by 2030.

1 July 2016
Guest Contributor

Home Tests for Malaria and Cancer Doable with Cheap Paper Strips

Jun 29, 2016 10:35 AM EDT
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Malaria In Arakan State In Burma

A Rohingya girl is held by her mother as she gets her finger pricked for the malaria test at special clinic for malaria in Arakan state, Myanmar (Burma). A new system using paper strips can make malaria testing a lot cheaper. (Photo : Paula Bronstein / Staff)

Home testing of various diseases, including cancer, may get a lot easier and cheaper following the lead of a new malaria diagnostic system. Ohio State University (OSU) broke the news that its laboratory is developing paper strips that can detect diseases like malaria as easily as using a drugstore pregnancy test.

Not everyone can afford hospital medical tests, and that’s particularly true of the impoverished living in developing countries. The OSU chemists said that their system will make it affordable for anyone to get medically tested, at costs as low as 50 cents per strip.

Abraham Badu-Tawiah from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at OSU offered an explanation of the detection procedure.

“To get tested, all a person would have to do is put a drop of blood on the paper strip, fold it in half, put it in an envelope and mail it,” he said. A person could easily apply the blood sample at home, with no need to visit a clinic. Samples would be sent out to a designated laboratory following a regular schedule. Only if a strip tested positive for disease would the tested have to consult a doctor.

The OSU researchers’ investigation showed that the test remained accurate even after a month had passed since the fresh blood sample was applied to the strip. This makes it a boon to healthcare workers providing medical services to populations in underdeveloped and remote areas. The paper strip test could prove a vital weapon to combat the scourge of malaria, which threatens many communities in rural parts of Africa and southeast Asia.

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