Martin Dinham has stepped down as chairman of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria due to health reasons, the organization announced Aug. 16.
The vice chairwoman of the Global Fund board, Mphu Ramatlapeng, has stepped up as acting chair until the position is filled.
“I most sincerely regret the circumstances in which I hold the role of board chair in an acting capacity. Nonetheless, I am committed to ensuring an uninterrupted focus on the key initiatives that Martin and I initiated since our May 2011 election,” Ramatlapeng said in a statement, as quoted by the Global Fund.
Ramatlapeng, who is the current health and social welfare minister of Lesotho, said the board’s priority under her leadership will remain the finalization of the Global Fund’s strategy for the next four years.
The Global Fund is planning a nominations and election process to select Dinham’s replacement.
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