Richard Feachem, UCSF professor of
international health, has been appointed as the first executive director of The Global
Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
During his two-year term, Feachem will guide a team of 40-50 experts in the medical
management of the three diseases, program implementation, and fund/portfolio management at
the headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Fund, which was formed last year, will invest in programs to reduce the suffering
and poverty caused by AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, which together kill 8 million
people worldwide, said Feachem. He explained that the board of directors projects Fund
growth from $2 billion in 2002 to $8 billion in 2007.
Selected programs will enhance prevention and treatment of the three diseases in
Africa, Asia, poor countries in Latin America, and poor sections of middle income
countries such as Brazil, he said. The Fund will invest in prevention and treatment
interventions that have been successful in local areas and expand those protocols
nationally and internationally.
Income comes mainly from the governments of wealthy countries (the US government is the
largest supporter), Feachem said. Foundations, including that of Bill and Melinda Gates,
are also contributing.
Yesterday (April 25), on the same day it announced Feachem's appointment, the Fund
announced its first round of grants, awarding $378 million over two years to 40 programs
in 31 countries.
"It's an honor for me to have the opportunity to work for the Global Fund. The
poverty and suffering caused by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are immense. The Fund is
positioned to make large investments in controlling these terrible diseases and improving
the lives of millions of families throughout the world. I look forward to contributing to
the Fund's success, to leading the Secretariat, and to working with the Fund's many
partners and supporters. Together we can make a difference," Feachem said.
"Professor Feachem has outstanding experience in the field of international
health, and has worked with both the public and private sectors," said Rajat Gupta,
managing director of McKinsey & Company and Global Fund board member. "We are
very pleased that he has accepted our offer to be the Global Fund's executive
Richard Feachem, 55, a British national, is a UCSF professor of international health
and founding director of the UCSF/UCB Institute for Global Health. Prior to this, he was
director for health, nutrition and population at the World Bank. From 1989 until 1995, he
was dean of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London. He holds a
doctor of science degree (DSc) in medicine and a PhD in Environmental Health. Feachem was
one of 18 distinguished individuals appointed to the Commission on Macroeconomics and
Health (CMH), which conducted a two-year study and presented results to the World Health
Organization in December 2001. According to the economists, political leaders, health and
policy experts on the Commission, extending the coverage of crucial health services to the
world's poor can save millions of lives a year, reduce poverty, spur economic development
and promote global security.
The UCSF/UCB Institute for Global Health also led, on behalf of a group of
international agencies, a major evaluation of malaria control worldwide. The study,
entitled Achieving Impact: Report of the External Evaluation of Roll Back Malaria
will be released in May, 2002.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is an independent
public-private partnership working to increase funding to fight the three diseases, and
direct these funds rapidly to effective prevention and treatment programs in countries
with the greatest need. The Fund's board includes representatives of all parties that have
a stake in fighting the three diseases: donor and recipient governments, international
agencies, NGOs, the private sector, and people affected by the three diseases.
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Source: Maureen McInaney