Global Fund Praises Choice of Ray Chambers as Special Envoy

04 March 2013

Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, today praised the appointment of Ray Chambers as the United Nations Secretary General's first Special Envoy for Financing of the Health Related Millennium Development Goals.

With an expanded role, and a renewed mandate on malaria, Mr. Chambers will promote increased investment by the public and private sectors to reduce child and maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other diseases by 31 December 2015, the target for achieving the MDGs. Further, he will work with partners to develop a business plan to achieve the goals.

"Ray is an outstanding leader," said Dr. Dybul. "He knows better than anyone how important value-for-money is for global health, and why it is so critical that we invest now to defeat these diseases. It is 'invest now or pay forever.'"

Simon Bland, Chair of the Board of the Global Fund, also commended the appointment, and added, "We look forward to working closely with Ray in the Big Push to reach the MDGs, and beyond."

Mr. Chambers has served as the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Malaria since February 2008. During that time, awareness and funding for malaria have increased exponentially, with over $4 billion raised. Partnerships with people in the most affected countries have led the distribution of over 400 million mosquito nets and the administering of millions of courses of treatment, successfully reducing infection rates of malaria.

Despite these gains, Mr. Chambers has been drawing attention to the serious need for funding to prevent a resurgence of malaria in many countries around the world.

Mr. Chambers, a philanthropist, has served as one of the Secretary-General's MDG Advocates since 2010. In 2012, Mr. Chambers founded the MDG Health Alliance and most recently, in January, Mr. Chambers joined the Board of Directors of GBCHealth as Co-Chair. He previously served as Chairman of The Millennium Promise Alliance, and is a co-founder of Malaria No More with Peter Chernin. He also served as Chairman of Wesray Capital Corporation, which he co-founded with Mr. William E. Simon.