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27 November 2012
Guest Contributor

Governor-General Opens Access to Life Exhibition in Sydney

Global Fund Chair Simon Bland, Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce, Chris Steele-Perkins, the Hon Jillian Skinner

After touring major cities in the US, Europe and Asia, the Access to Life exhibition was opened in Sydney last night by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Patron of the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund.

Access to Life, a powerful photographic exhibition created by Magnum Photos in partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The exhibition, which has moved millions of people around the world through its touching images of AIDS-affected communities, is being held 30 years after the first case of HIV was diagnosed in Australia.

The exhibition launch was celebrated by over 300 guests, including Mr Simon Bland, Chair of the Global Fund to AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Mr James Gilling, Australia’s Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; The Hon Jillian Skinner MP, NSW Minister for Health & Medical Research; and Mr Peter Botten CBE, Managing Director of Oil Search Limited.

For the first time, a series of new photos from Papua New Guinea  was unveiled at the exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum. These photographs were taken by acclaimed British photographer Chris Steele-Perkins and will join the photographic case studies from Russia, Swaziland, India, Haiti, Vietnam, Mali, South Africa and Peru.

Access to Life was launched yesterday in Sydney in time for World AIDS Day 2012, which coincides with 30 years since the first case of HIV was diagnosed in Australia. The Australian response and approach to HIV and AIDS will be told in a new display, HIV & AIDS 30 years on: the Australian story, a compelling exhibit that beautifully accompanies Access to Life.

The opening of the exhibitions was attended by former Australian Health Minister Mr Neal Blewett and Professor Ron Penny, two instrumental individuals that were instrumental to Australia’s successful response to the HIV outbreak in the 1980s.

Both Access to Life and HIV & AIDS 30 years on: the Australian story open today to the general public. They will remain at the Powerhouse Museum till mid 2013.

16 November 2012
Bill Bowtell

Dr Mark Dybul appointed as new Executive Director of the Global Fund

Pacific Friends of the Global Fund is delighted to congratulate Ambassador Mark R. Dybul on his appointment by the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as its new Executive Director.

A former United States Global AIDS Coordinator, Dr Dybul is widely recognized as a visionary leader on global health for his role in helping create and then leading the United States President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, known as PEPFAR, which has been highly effective in helping limit and reverse the spread of HIV infections worldwide. Trained as a medical doctor with a speciality in immunology, he became an expert on AIDS as a clinician, a scientist and as a strategically-minded administrator.

“Mark Dybul is a true leader, who can take the Global Fund to the next level,” said Simon Bland, Board Chair of the Global Fund. “He has a really impressive vision of how to achieve global health goals. He is passionate, energetic and focused.”

Dr Dybul currently co-directs the Global Health Law Program at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, where he is also a Distinguished Scholar.

“Mark Dybul is a dynamic and effective leader,” said Mphu Ramatlapeng, former Health Minister of Lesotho and Board Vice-Chair of the Global Fund. “He brings real knowledge, strategic vision and a commitment to working with partners.”

Before joining the task force that eventually led to the creation of PEPFAR, he served as a staff clinician at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in Washington, D.C. In 2004, he moved to PEPFAR as Deputy Chief Medical Officer. Soon he was promoted to Assistant, then Deputy and then Acting U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. In 2006, Mark Dybul was appointed to head the organisation as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, equivalent to the level of an Assistant Secretary of State in the U.S. State Department. He served there until 2009.

Dr Dybul also has deep knowledge of the implementation of programs to treat and prevent AIDS, TB and malaria in developing countries, and has experience working with health administrators at many levels, especially in Africa. In addition, he currently serves as a director on numerous executive and advisory boards of health organisations, including Malaria No More, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and the Global Business Coalition for Health.

We wish him every success in his role as Executive Director and look forward to work together.

Wendy McCarthy AO
Chair, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund

Bill Bowtell AO
Executive Director, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund

26 October 2012
Guest Contributor

UNICEF Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka in Australia

Personally hailed by Nelson Mandela as a South African ‘national icon’, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Yvonne Chaka Chaka will be arriving in Australia next week to promote awareness around malaria for the 2012 Malaria Conference in Sydney.

As a singer of superstar status across Africa, Yvonne is also tireless in her work influencing and educating people on the dangers of preventable and treatable diseases.

Yvonne’s visit to Australia follows the announcement of the 2012 International Malaria Summit, hosted in Sydney next week. The summit will involve several high-level meetings with various health ministers and experts from around the globe, as they specifically focus on addressing the regional threat of malaria within the Asia-Pacific Region.

According to the World Health Organization, there are more than 200 million malaria cases globally each year, with more than 30 million cases and 42,000 lives lost in the Asia-Pacific region in 2010 alone. More than 90 per cent of these deaths were in India, Burma, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

RESULTS invites you to an evening with Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Our partners at RESULTS International (Australia) and UNICEF Australia have planned an evening of  entertainment with Yvonne, the acclaimed ‘Princess of Africa’, in Sydney, Wednesday, October 31, where Yvonne will sing and talk of her work as UNICEF’s Special Ambassador on Malaria and her role at the Sydney event Malaria 2012.

3 October 2012
Guest Contributor

Australian Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria

We are delighted to congratulate Mr. James Gilling on his appointment as the incoming Australian Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.

Mr Gilling brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the address of communicable diseases within the Asia-Pacific Region, having served as the First Assistant Director General in the Policy and Sector Division of AusAID, where he was responsible for policy coordination on HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB issues.

Following Mr Gilling’s appointment earlier today, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the role has been expanded to cover tuberculosis (TB) and malaria to reflect the major health challenges facing Australia’s region.

“This role shows Australia’s commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria” Senator Carr said. “Millions of people continue to be affected by these life-threatening diseases, which in 2010 alone claimed more than 3.5 million lives. Unfortunately, those suffering the most tend to be the poorest people in the poorest parts of the world.”

Senator Carr’s office noted that with more than 25 years experience in development and social research, Mr Gilling will represent Australia in promoting effective responses to HIV/AIDS and other global health challenges. This work will include continuing the Australian Government’s strong support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which through AusAID, has committed $210 million over the years 2011-2013.

We wish him every success in his new role.

26 September 2012
Guest Contributor

The Big Push in the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

New York was the stage today for the launch of ‘The Big Push’, a world-wide campaign by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in collaboration with the Huffington Post.

“What will the day be like when we finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria?” asked editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington. The Big Push rallies support to achieve global health goals that are now within reach. We can eradicate HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the planet’s three deadliest preventable diseases. But we need that final, big push.

Arianna noted the tremendous global advances that have already been made in this effort:

  • Since 2000, malaria infections have declined by 50 percent or more in a dozen African countries.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa in 2003, only 100,000 people were receiving antiretroviral therapy. Now, the number is more than 6 million. By 2015, it will go up to 15 million worldwide.
  • Worldwide, tuberculosis infections have been declining since 2006 and, at the current rate, we will reach the Millennium Development Goal of cutting tuberculosis cases and deaths in half by 2015.

“Of course, this didn’t just happen.” said Arianna. “It’s a testament to the amazing dedication, hard work, and perseverance of organizations like the Global Fund, PEPFAR and many more, along with the leaders of the U.S. and the G20. Not to mention the leadership and citizens of the developing nations themselves, who truly have the most to win in this fight: the lives and futures of their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and children.”

The campaign was initiated by organizations that are mobilising efforts to reach health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and by Ray Chambers, the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Malaria and MDG Advocate.

“What we need is the funding to deliver on these goals,” said Mr. Chambers. “We have made tremendous progress, but there is further to go. We can’t stop now.”

The centerpiece of the campaign is a wall of portraits, in which citizens around the world add photos of themselves holding signs that demonstrate their commitment to fighting these diseases.

We need a Big Push to change the course of history for global health.

Join Bono, Charlize Theron, Bill Clinton and others in ‘The Big Push’ for global health at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/big-push/

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Professor Janice Reid AC
Chair
Bill Bowtell AO
Executive Director

Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a high-level advocacy organisation which seeks to mobilise regional awareness of the serious threat posed by HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to societies and economies in the Pacific. In pursuing its goals Pacific Friends has a specific interest in highlighting the need to protect the rights of women and children in the Pacific.

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