French AIDS envoy lands top job at Global Fund

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)

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