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Global Fund Selects Donald Kaberuka as Board Chair

by Jean de la Croix Tabaro
8:27 pm

Dr. Donald Kaberuka

The  Board of Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today selected Donald Kaberuka as Chair and Roslyn Morauta as Vice Chair, to benefit their unprecedented level of leadership and experience.

Rwandan Dr. Kaberuka was president of the African Development Bank and chairman of its board of directors from 2005-2015. Prior to that he was finance minister of Rwanda from 1997-2005.

“The Global Fund is an extraordinary partnership, which has made a difference to humanity over the last two decades,” globalfund.org quoted Dr. Kaberuka as saying “It is now time to face emerging issues and sustain the achievements. I look forward to working with the Board and staff to get to the next level. Ending these three epidemics is a fight of our time and the Global Fund has shown that it is possible.”

According to globalfund.org, Lady Roslyn Morauta currently serves as alternate board member for the Western Pacific Region constituency. She has a long association with the Global Fund having served as Chair of the Papua New Guinea Country Coordinating Mechanism. From her time also as first lady of Papua New Guinea, she has steadily championed health, HIV programs and gender issues.

Search of the two personalities lasted for a period of six months, and they will serve for a period of two years starting May 16, 2016 at the close of the Board’s 41stmeeting.

They will replace Aida Kurtovic and John Simon, who have served as Board Chair and Vice Chair since 2017.

At the African Development Bank, Dr. Kaberuka led the efforts to bolster the capital resources of the bank from US$30 billion to US$100 billion. He is currently on the boards of trustees of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the Center for Global Development among others.

Kaberuka also has taken credits from Global Funds because”During the Ebola epidemic he played a major role in coordinating the African response.”

Kaberuka, his deputy and the board as a whole has a very big task during their tenure. According to the Global Fund website, in 2019, the Global Fund seeks to raise at least US$14 billion for its Sixth Replenishment.

“The funds will help save 16 million lives, cut the mortality rate from HIV, TB and malaria in half, and build stronger health systems by 2023. France will host the Global Fund’s Sixth Replenishment pledging conference on Ostober 10,2019 in Lyon.