Kazatchkine steps down
In a statement released to Board members of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Tuesday 24 January, Michel Kazatchkine announced that he will step down from his position as Executive Director on 16 March 2012.
He said: “For the last ten years, the Global Fund has been my passion and my most important undertaking. I have been deeply committed to helping the Global Fund achieve its vision of a world free of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.”
Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the Alliance said: “As we collectively celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Global Fund this week, Michel is right to be proud of what the Global Fund has achieved. Particularly its strong focus on human rights, its work to protect vulnerable groups who suffer stigma and discrimination, and its principle of country ownership and its unique power-sharing and multi-stakeholder governance structure.”
Kazatchkine has been Executive Director of the Global Fund for the last five years and during that period he has had many opportunities to view firsthand the work of Alliance Linking Organisations who are either Principal or sub-recipients of Global Fund grants.
An amazing advocate
Kazatchkine’s most recent field visit was last week to Ukraine, where he met staff and visited projects run by the Alliance’s linking organisation and a Principal Recipient of several Global Fund grants.
Andriy Klepikov, Executive Director of Alliance Ukraine spoke about the legacy of Kazatchkine in the Eastern Europe region.
“I had the pleasure of hosting a visit by Michel Kazatchkine last week. In just a day and half Michel managed to achieve so many significant things resulting in policy, funding, taxation and legislative changes, issues that are critical for us to effectively use Global Fund funding and impact our national HIV/AIDS response”.
“Michel is an inspiring man and an amazing advocate for civil society. He has brought much hope through his work at the Global Fund, tirelessly supporting people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.”
In the interim, whilst a new Executive Director is recruited, the Global Fund Board has appointed Gabriel Jaramillo, a former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign Bank, to the role of General Manager.
Jaramillo will take up his role on 1 February and his key task will be to implement the Consolidated Transformation Plan which the Global Fund Board approved in November 2011.
But the global economic crisis and its impact on donor contributions to the Global Fund is likely to dominate in 2012. This week the Alliance released a new report which warns that millions of people will go without HIV services as a result of the $2 billion shortfall announced by the Global Fund last year.
Speaking about the Don’t Stop Now report this week, Alvaro Bermejo said: “We urgently need donors to replenish the Global Fund and for national governments to step up and deliver funding for their HIV/AIDS response or we face a collective responsibility of failing those who need support in our society and betraying the promises that were made to the families and people affected by HIV around the world.”
Michel is an inspiring man and an amazing advocate for civil society.