Dybul Begins as Executive Director of the Global Fund
21 January 2013
GENEVA - Mark Dybul took charge today as Executive
Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, promising
to accelerate the organization's efforts to defeat these three highly infectious
diseases by working closely with partners.
Dr. Dybul outlined an ambitious
and energetic agenda for the coming year. The Global Fund will launch a new
funding model in February, allowing the Global Fund to invest more
strategically, engage implementers and partners more effectively and achieve
greater impact in a way that improves the health and the lives of women and men
and children all over the world.
Dr. Dybul said he plans to work hard to
spread the word on why investing in this fight is so important, why preventing
and treating infectious diseases are so critical, and why the partnership of the
Global Fund offers tremendous value for money. In 2013, the Global Fund will
appeal to governments and other donors for financial resources needed for
programs from 2014 to 2016. Dr. Dybul said a big push is needed.
funding, we can defeat AIDS, TB and malaria," said Dr. Dybul. "Science has given
us the tools to alter the trajectory, and then completely control these three
terrible diseases. But science will only take us so far. We need the funding to
support programs that enable health workers to reach the women and men and
children who need treatment. We know how to do it. But we have to work
Global Fund investments have contributed to dramatic declines
in deaths and infections from the three epidemics. HIV transmission rates are
falling in nearly every region, and where treatment is available, the death rate
is also falling. TB mortality has fallen by more than a third since the 1990s.
Insecticide-treated nets to prevent malaria have been made broadly available in
affected regions, nearing universal access in many countries in Africa.
"We have made tremendous progress in the past ten years, and we can't stop
now," said Dr. Dybul. "We are at a critical moment. Our gains will be lost if we
do not move forward to defeat these diseases. We have a historic opportunity to
completely control these diseases. We need to seize the moment."
Bland, Chair of the Global Fund Board said: "We are delighted to welcome Mark to
the Global Fund today. We share his excitement and commitment to defeating the
three diseases, and we look forward to working with him over the coming
Dr. Dybul also expressed personal excitement about joining the
"This is an amazing institution," he said. "Everywhere I go,
people tell me how they admire the Global Fund. The quality of the work done by
the staff, their dedication and deep commitment to service, are superb. The
Global Fund's reputation for excellence goes far and wide."
Dr. Dybul also
expressed gratitude to the Global Fund staff who worked to transform the
organization over the past year.
"I am really grateful to everyone who
worked extra hard to manage a successful transformation and make the changes
needed to prepare us for the next stage," he said. "We now have an outstanding
management team, a highly-motivated staff, and a thriving partnership with a
broad network of people and organizations as determined as we are."
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