Pacific Friends’ members are well placed to increase awareness of the Global Fund and the important role it can play in underwriting national strategies and regional efforts to contain AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The more that government, the private sector and philanthropic agencies know about the Fund, the greater the likelihood that the Fund will be supported at the levels necessary to make real progress against the three diseases and especially in the Pacific region.
Pacific Friends’ members have a vital role to play in disseminating knowledge and awareness of the Global Fund. Members have been invited to participate in Pacific Friends by virtue of their eminence and experience in public and international policymaking and implementation and, in many cases, their expertise concerning one or more of the three diseases.
The ability of members to discuss and promote the Global Fund will be directly related to the quality and utility of the information that will be provided through Pacific Friends, as well as the opportunities board members have to discuss and shape the activities of Pacific Friends.
Pacific Friends’ members have been appointed primarily as individuals in their own right and not as representing a constituency, country or region. Nevertheless, the members of Pacific Friends strike a balance between public and private sectors, civil society, legal representatives and public policymakers, experts in the three diseases, traditional and prospective donors, recipient countries and territories, and those with first-hand knowledge of the diseases. The larger countries in the Pacific region are represented, but there is certainly scope for further members to be drawn from Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia and from those with experience of Pacific regional institutions.