STOPAIDS UK welcomes today’s decision by the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to appoint Peter Sands as the new Executive Director.
‘‘Peter’s global leadership experience, passion for global health and inspiring vision for the Global Fund are vital and will serve the organisation and the global response to the three diseases well’’ said Mike Podmore, STOPAIDS Director and Global Fund Board Member for the Developed Country NGO delegation. ‘‘The Global Fund is widely regarded as one of the most impactful and transparent multilateral organisations and we look forward to working with Peter Sands to drive the Global Fund forward to achieve even greater impact and ending the three diseases by 2030.’’
Peter Sands is originally from the United Kingdom and is currently Chairman of the World Bank’s International Working Group on Financing Pandemic Preparedness. Peter previously worked for the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office before joining McKinsey and Company. After holding both director and executive level offices at Standard Chartered Bank, he joined the National Academy of Medicine’s Commission on Global Health Risk Framework as Chairman. He is also a research fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Peter will crucially guide the Global Fund through an upcoming replenishment, working with governments, private foundations, the private sector and civil society implementing countries to secure financial support for programmes to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.
“I am deeply honored to join this extraordinary partnership,” Sands said. “Infectious diseases today represent one of the most serious risks facing humankind. If we work together to mobilize funds, build strong health systems and establish effective community responses we will be able to end epidemics, promote prosperity and increase our global health security.””
Since 2002, Global Fund-supported programs have saved 22 million lives, helped 11 million people access antiretroviral therapy for HIV, treated 17.4 million people for TB and distributed 795 million insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria infections.
STOPAIDS is a membership network of 70 organisations with a distinguished thirty-year history of engagement on international development and HIV and AIDS. We convene and unite UK civil society voice and positively shape UK leadership in the global response to HIV and AIDS. STOPAIDS also directly engages at the global level through influencing key institutions including UNAIDS, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UNITAID.
Mike Podmore, +44 (0) 2073244780, firstname.lastname@example.org