21 February 2020
Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, has been selected as a torchbearer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch Relay.
Sands joins other global health advocates and leaders who make a team named the Global Fund ― from Okinawa for a relay in Okinawa, Japan, on 2 May 2020. With the relay, the team aims to light the way for a world free from the burden of HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.
The other members of the team include:
The nine delegates from seven countries – most of them affected by HIV, TB or malaria – will carry the torch for everyone involved in the fight to end epidemics. Okinawa has a special connection to the Global Fund. Japan introduced infectious diseases to the agenda of the G8 Kyushu-Okinawa Summit in 2000, which paved the way for the Global Fund's establishment in 2002. Since then, Japan has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund and is its fifth largest contributor. With Japan’s support, the Global Fund partnership has saved 32 million lives round the world.