Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria—Post Board Meeting Excitement!

Kolleen Bouchane — May 19, 2011 – 1:29 pm

It’s been an exciting week! Joanne Carter, RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund’s executive director, just returned from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s Board meeting brimming with excitement about what was achieved.

One of these exciting outcomes was the approval of Martin Dinham, former Director General of the UK Department for International Development as Board Chair and Dr. Mphu Ramatlapeng, Minister of Health of the Kingdom of Lesotho, as Vice-Chair. Dr. Ramatlapeng (who gave her acceptance address in Russian!). Both will be positive forces on the Board and help the Global Fund achieve even greater successes.

As always the Global Fund Board is working towards the highest standards of transparency and accountability and reviewed a recommended set of reforms from the Board’s Comprehensive Reform Working Group. The Plan for Comprehensive Reform addresses five reform areas where “early gains” can be made. The reforms range from fiduciary controls to value for money, partnerships, business model, and governance. The Board also formally approved an independent high level panel which will review the Global Fund’s fiduciary controls and oversight mechanisms to support the reform agenda as well as eligibility, prioritization and cost-sharing criteria for Round 11.

These outcomes and others have all of us at ACTION very excited about the launch of the call for proposals for the 11th Round of Global Fund grants (Round 11) in August and the opportunity to save even more lives through increasing the number and quality of these proposals, as well as fighting TB and HIV co-infection and eliminating TB as a major killer of women and children.

We’ll keep you posted! -Kolleen

More details on the decisions made at the Board meeting

ACTION’s brief report on tuberculosis as a silent killer of women