I am delighted to share that US Ambassador Mark Dybul, former leader of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), has been announced as the next Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Mark is an inspiring choice by the Global Fund’s Board of Directors. I have believed in his candidacy for this position since the outset, and have great faith in what he can bring to one of global health’s most vital institutions.
Mark has long understood that global health must fundamentally be about equity and the fulfillment of the human right to health – not simply about addressing infectious diseases in far-off places. During his work to launch and expand PEPFAR, he demonstrated time and again that he believes in a person-centered approach to health care delivery and that he knows how to build strong systems that do not leave any among the most vulnerable out of benefits. Mark’s leadership in the global HIV/AIDS response helped to set a new paradigm for global health partnership, transitioning the world towards a long-term approach to tackling the most deadly pandemic in centuries while strengthening systems that have increased access to primary and specialty care for a wide range of diseases.
I am hopeful that Mark’s appointment to lead the Global Fund will help to usher in a new era of results-oriented programming that builds on the legacy of his predecessors, Michel Kazatchkine and Gabriel Jaramillo, while ensuring that the Fund stays true to its roots as an instrument truly of the people. I look forward to fruitful future collaborations with Mark and the Global Fund, and believe that the time for an integrated, solidarity-driven, and country-owned response to global health challenges is within our grasp. There is much work ahead, but the future is bright. Congratulations, Mark!