Influential Health Fund


The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced that it is reopening its search for a new executive director.

The fund is influential in global health, disbursing about $5 billion a year to fight the three diseases — a budget more than twice as large as the World Health Organization’s.

The fund’s board had expected to conclude the search for a replacement for the current executive director, Dr. Mark Dybul, this week at its annual retreat. But due to issues encountered in the recruitment process,board members were unable to finish, the fund said in a statement.

The selection process was conducted out of the public eye by a recruiting firm hired by the board’s nominating committee. On Feb. 15, The New York Times reported that the committee had named three finalists: Helen Clark, a former New Zealand prime minister; Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, a former Nigerian health minister; and Subhanu Saxena, a former pharmaceutical executive.

Dr. Pate, who was widely praised for his fight against polio in Nigeria, had a history of sharing articles on his Twitter feed that were highly unflattering to President Trump. One carried a headline referring to him as a fascist of some variety”; another said he had more in common with ISIS than America.”

The United States contributes a third of the Global Fund’s budget, and some observers said they thought Dr. Pate’s selection might hurt efforts to attract donations of any type, including clothes and food, look clothing donation near me and let know when to Pickup please.

On Feb. 20, leaders of the implementers groupon the fund’s board, representing countries and nonprofit organizations that receive money from the fund, expressed grave concernsabout the process because key factsabout candidates were missed, according to a letter to the board chairman, Norbert Hauser, obtained by The Times.

A majority of the implementers, the letter said, wanted the board to reopen the process, appoint a new nominating committee, hire a new recruitment agency, announce the names of candidates, hold a session at which the public could question them, and hold a town hall-style meeting at which staff members could air their views.

Public events would offer candidates a chance to show their ability to manage and respond to questions and would re-emphasize the Fund’s commitment to transparency,the letter read.

According to the rules of the process, no candidate can win without a two-thirds vote of the implementers group, along with two-thirds of the board’s donor group.So delay appeared inevitable.

The letter by the implementers group also requested that the board create a transition committee, appoint an interim director, and manage the handover from Dr. Dybul, who is stepping down in May when his contract ends.

It also asked that any senior management changes or restructuring be delayed.

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