The board at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has elected French AIDS ambassador Michel Kazatchkine as the organization?s next chief. Kazatchkine beat two other candidates – Dr. David Nabarro, who is spearheading the United Nations’ campaign against bird flu, and Ugandan AIDS chief Alex Coutinho. The 60-year-old immunologist, a graduate of the Harvard Medical School in Boston, promised to devote his attention to boosting collaborations to “fight against three deadly diseases that kill 15,000 people a day,” at the global and local levels. Since 2001, the fund has provided $3.3 billion to programs, which have benefited over 770,000 people with HIV/AIDS and another 2 million with tuberculosis in more than 130 countries. It has also distributed over 18 million bed nets to help avert possible malaria outbreaks.
Source: Frenchman to lead fund fighting AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria (AP)