George Ayala Appointed to Global Fund Board

MPact’s Executive Director, Dr. George Ayala. was recently announced as a new member of the Developed Countries NGO Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (the Global Fund).

With a four billion US dollar annual portfolio, the Global Fund is the largest multilateral funder of the global response to HIV, TB and malaria. The fund supports prevention, care and treatment as well as health and community infrastructure important to health responses in low and middle-income countries. The Global Fund has realized breakthrough impacts in global health – especially regarding treatment access. It has also been a powerful force in advancing human rights and gender equality, placing people infected with and affected by HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria first.

The broader Civil Society Developed Country constituency includes a number of Delegation members who are representatives of NGOs based in Western Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, as well as international NGOs headquartered in developed countries, with the mission to bring the voices and needs of civil society to the Global Fund. They represent the developed country NGOs to ensure that the Global Fund remains ambitious, transparent, accountable and achieves maximum impact. Together, they strive to ensure full funding for the fight against HIV, TB and malaria and to assure that people most affected by the epidemics are reached and can enjoy healthy lives in which their human rights are guaranteed.

“I am encouraged to see the Global Fund’s continued commitment to  marginalized communities in their programs, policies, investment strategies and funding allocation. The Global Fund has and should continue to champion issues faced by gay men, migrants, people living in poverty, people who use drugs, prisoners, sex workers, and transgender people, especially in the context of the upcoming mid‐term review.” said Dr. George Ayala, Executive Director of MPact. “I am proud to have a seat on the delegation. Together with other advocates we will work to ensure that the needs of those most affected by HIV, TB, and malaria are meaningfully reflected in Global Fund policy.”

This year is especially important because it is time to lobby governments to replenish the Global Fund. It is critically important that we secure robust investment into the Global Fund to ensure that all people living with these diseases have unfettered access to prevention and treatment. For gay men living with or at risk for HIV, this includes investment in community-led services, prevention programs, and human rights interventions, especially in countries where stigma and discrimination undermine health responses for marginalized groups.

The Global Fund should remain unwavering in its commitment to ensuring stigma-free and easy access to prevention, care, and treatment services, with specific consideration to populations experiencing disease‐related disparities. This will be especially critical as the Global Fund navigates an evolving health policy landscape.  MPact will be working with the Global Fund to shine a spotlight on Universal Health Coverage, the Sustainable Development Goals, and their implications for communities most affected by these three diseases.

Congratulations George!