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8 March 2010
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

Strengthening Relationships

Executive Director of the Global Fund, Dr Michel Kazatchkine, visited Australia and New Zealand on 22-24 February to discuss the upcoming replenishment round of the Global Fund later this year. On Monday morning the 22nd Dr Kazatchkine met with Bob McMullan, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance. After that Dr Kazatchkine was interviewed for two ABC radio programs, and he addressed meetings of the Parliamentary Liaison Group for HIV/AIDS, Blood Borne Viruses and STIs, and the Parliamentary Group on Population and Development. Later that day meetings took place with the Hon Julie Bishop, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Peter Baxter, Acting Director General of AusAID, and various AusAID officials to discuss the issues in Papua New Guinea. After an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Kazatchkine attended a high-level meeting with the executive officers of development NGOs.

On Tuesday the 23rd, after an early radio interview, Dr Kazatchkine met with Stephen Smith – Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, after which he made its way to Sydney where the Governor-General hosted a luncheon in Admiralty House.

At the end of the day the Global Fund delegation departed for Wellington where on Wednesday meetings had place at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. After a working lunch with NZAID staff the Global Fund Director attended a meeting at the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs where he met with Dr Jimmie Rodgers, Ms Dominica Abo, Temo Sasau, and the Hon Misa Telefoni.

The visit of the Global Fund’s Executive Director has strengthened its relationship with Australia and New Zealand, and hopefully paved the way for commitments of both countries in the upcoming replenishment round of the Fund later this year.

28 October 2009
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

Bill & Melinda Gates: Impatient Optimists

Bill and Melinda Gates explained on 27 October 2009 why they are Impatient Optimists in a speech from Sidney Harmon Hall in Washington, D.C. screened live at the Lowy Institute for International Policy.

The speech launches the Living Proof Project which highlights the extraordinary successes that have resulted from the greatly increased support of global public health programs by the United States government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Living Proof Project demonstrates that initiatives to fight malaria, AIDS, and other diseases are saving and improving the lives of millions of people in poor and developing countries – and as a result, empowering them to lead more productive lives. The launch of Living Proof comes at a time when the global financial crisis may impose severe constraints on the capacity of the United States and other traditional large donor countries to increase their development assistance and global health budgets. It is therefore a decisive and welcome intervention in the emerging public debate about the future funding and direction of development assistance that will have a significant impact not only in the United States but in Australia and globally.

Bill and Melinda are optimists since there have been some major improvements in global public health over the last decades due to the greatly increased support from the United States government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Bill showed that child mortality has gone down from 20 million deaths a year in 1960 to less than 9 million in 2008. Focusing on the world’s most killing diseases they presented some striking global facts: smallpox is eradicated, polio is reduced by 99%, measles by 93%, and in the fight against HIV and AIDS there is a significant increase in mothers that are on preventive drugs, while since 2004 some 190 million bednets have been delivered world wide to fight malaria.

Yet, Bill and Melinda are also impatient because so much more can be done, right now. Why are there still many people dying of malaria while the disease is preventable and treatable? Fortunately, as Bill said “we got great science and more resources”, and that is what makes them impatient optimists. The key message Bill and Melinda thus offered is that “spending on global health is the best investment we make for saving lives”.

In this important multimedia presentation, Bill and Melinda Gates personally addressed senior policy-makers and opinion leaders in Washington, DC and around the globe to highlight opportunities to build on global health successes, and to develop the main themes of the Living Proof project.

The Lowy Institute for International Policy enjoys a close relationship with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which funds the Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria within the Lowy Institute.

Supporting the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is imperative, and the Lowy Institute was therefore pleased to facilitate the direct screening of this influential presentation.

Watch the “Why We Are Impatient Optimists” presentation below:

23 February 2009
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

“Good Neighbours Become Good Friends”

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Lowy Institute for International Policy join influential Pacific regional leaders and others in fight against the three major pandemics in our region

The fight against the increasing incidence of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria among Australia’s neighbouring countries is being boosted with the help of some good friends.

Leading business, community, political figures and medical experts have made a commitment to become ‘Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’.  To be launched on February 23 and chaired by Ms Wendy McCarthy AO, influential ‘Pacific Friends’ include Mr Andrew Forrest, Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, Ms Heather Ridout, Prof Tony Cunningham, Ms Lucy Turnbull, Mr Ian Clarke and more.

The launch will also announce that Australian sporting sensation, Matthew Mitcham OAM, has been invited to be the Pacific Friends’ Youth Ambassador. Last year at the Beijing Olympic Games Matthew won the Gold Medal in the Men’s 10m Platform Diving with the highest score ever awarded in Olympic history.

Pacific Friends was made possible by a grant of close to $US1 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

This diverse group will mobilise regional awareness of the serious threat posed by the three pandemics to societies and economies in the region. Pacific Friends will also mobilise support for the Geneva-based Global Fund that plays a vital role in resourcing effective country-based plans to reduce the impact and spread of the diseases.

Since 2002, the Global Fund has raised $US19 billion to be used against the three pandemics worldwide. Already, it provides a quarter of all international financing to combat HIV/AIDS, two-thirds for tuberculosis and three-quarters for malaria.

Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of Australia, will be the inaugural patron of Pacific Friends. She will join Global Fund Executive Director, Dr Michel Kazatchkine, in launching Pacific Friends in Sydney. The Governor-General has a deep interest in community-based responses to health challenges and especially in encouraging the role of women and girls in promoting healthier societies.

Pacific Friends joins similar organisations in Africa, the United States of America, Japan, Europe, Latin America, South Asia and the Middle East as non-governmental advocates of the Global Fund. The inaugural Executive Director of Pacific Friends will be Mr Bill Bowtell, Director of the HIV/AIDS Project at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney, where Pacific Friends will be based.

“The Global Fund benefits enormously from the work of Friends organisations, through their efforts to promote understanding and to mobilise regional support for our work in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” said DrMichel Kazatchkine, the Global Fund’s Executive Director. “Pacific Friends of the Global Fund will no doubt be one of the strong voices communicating to donors the importance of financing the future of so many people living in the Pacific region.”

“The Global Fund is one of the best and kindest things people have ever done for one another,” said Dr Tachi Yamada, President of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program.  “It is a fantastic vehicle for scaling up access to effective tools, and it has already helped prevent millions of unnecessary deaths.”

The Global Fund works with maximum transparency and its commitment to performance-based funding and local implementation has won the confidence of both public and private sector donors.

Pacific Friends is a new advocacy organisation founded in order to create awareness for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria across the Pacific region.  It aims to build political and financial support for the Global Fund’s fight against the three diseases.  Countries in our region receiving support from the Global Fund so far are Indonesia, East Timor, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The Global Fund is a not-for-profit organisation which provides a quarter of all international financing to combat HIV/AIDS, two-thirds for tuberculosis and three-quarters for malaria. The Global Fund, created in 2002, has committed more than US$15 billion in 140 countries to support large-scale prevention, treatment and care programs against the three diseases. Programs it supports are estimated to have averted more than 2.5 million deaths by providing HIV/AIDS treatment for 2 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 4.6 million people, and by distributing 70 million insecticide-treated bed nets for the prevention of malaria worldwide – visit www.theglobalfund.org

Pacific Friends operates as a program within the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.

Pacific Friends

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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