Statement by Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Department of State, on the Appointment of the Global Fund Independent Review Panel Co-Chairs

March 16, 2011

“The United States welcomes the appointment of His Excellency Festus Gontebanye Mogae, Former President of Botswana, and the Honorable Michael O. Leavitt, Former Governor of Utah and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, as the co-chairs of the Global Fund’s new High-Level Independent Review Panel of Fiduciary Controls and Oversight. We cannot tolerate corruption or misuse of funds, and I am confident that President Mogae and Secretary Leavitt will provide vital support for Global Fund’s efforts to ensure funds reach the programs for which they are intended and help save the lives of people in need. Both President Mogae and Secretary Leavitt have had distinguished careers that reflect a dedication to improving the human condition and ending deaths from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

“The U.S. is committed to ensuring Global Fund resources are used to save lives as effectively and efficiently as possible. We support essential reforms and steps to improve oversight and fiduciary controls, like the creation of the Independent Review Panel, that ensure transparency and efficiency and ultimately save more lives and promote a more secure world. We appreciate the Global Fund's leadership in this area.

“The success of the Global Fund is essential to global efforts to fight disease. The U.S. cannot turn the tide against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria on our own. As envisioned under the Global Health Initiative, the United States is committed to working with and through international partnerships such as the Global Fund to save lives and build durable, country-owned responses to global diseases. Working together through the Global Fund and global health programs supported by the United States and other countries, the global community will continue to improve the health of people around the world.” U.S. Government interagency website managed by the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
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