The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s general manager has three objectives before his one-year term expires.
Gabriel Jaramillo said he committed to getting higher returns on investments, improve countries’ management risks and get more donors on the table to support the fund when he took over this year. These, he said, are important to maintain the fund’s momentum.
Several donors suspended their contributions last year amid fraud charges but the leadership change has renewed their confidence. Germany, for one, made its first quarterly payment of $265.6 milion this March after suspending contributions in 2011. Japan paid $216 million days after.
But Jaramillo said he wants more donors to contribute and have them see the impact their money is having on the world’s poorest nations. He said there are no roads, airports nor infrastructure capable of delivering greater benefits than the control of a disease in a region.
The Global Fund is also improving its program management to yield higher investment returns, one of the demands donors suffering from the current fiscal environment made. Jaramillo said the fund is increasing program management staff 40 percent to focus on this function.
As regards a donor conference, however, Jaramillo said the fund is aware that it first needs to show that it is changing and “doing it the way we promised to donors.” He said he will look for ways to achieve this as there is a “huge request” from countries that have increased their capacity in providing health interventions.
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