In his new role, Feachem met today (Monday, June 24) with Secretary
of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Tommy Thompson and other national and international health authorities
to participate in a conference on "The Role of Public-Private
Partnerships in the Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS." The purpose
of the conference is to heighten awareness, especially in the
private sector, about the global fight to prevent the spread
"I think the U.S. governmentís overall response to the fund
has been extremely generous," Feachem said. "It was the first
government to make a commitment to the fund. My own expectation
is that as others increasingly come to the table and as the
fund is able to demonstrate impact on the ground, then U.S.
contributions will increase."
Founded last year, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis
and Malaria will invest in programs to reduce the suffering
and poverty caused by these three diseases, which together kill
8 million people worldwide each year. The Global Fundís board
of directors projects that the organization will grow from its
current $2 billion to $8 billion by 2007.
Expanding successful intervention programs
Feachem said the fund will support specific programs that enhance
prevention and treatment of the three diseases in Africa, Asia,
poor countries in Latin America, and poor sections of middle
income countries, such as Brazil. The organization will invest
in preventive and treatment interventions that have been successful
in local areas, then expand those treatment programs nationally
"Itís an honor for me to have the opportunity to work for
the Global Fund," Feachem said. "The poverty and suffering caused
by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are immense. The fund is positioned
to make large investments in controlling these terrible diseases
and improving the lives of millions of families throughout the
world. I look forward to contributing to the fundís success,
to leading the Secretariat, and to working with the fundís many
partners and supporters. Together, we can make a difference."
Feachem, 55, a British national, is founding director of the
UC San Francisco/UC Berkeley Institute for Global Health, which
was established in 1999 to improve health and increase access
to effective and affordable health services in all countries.
Prior to that position, he was director for health, nutrition
and population at the World Bank. From 1989 to 1995, he was
dean of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in
London. He holds a doctor of science degree in medicine and
a PhD in environmental health.
Feachem was one of 18 distinguished individuals appointed
to the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, which conducted
a two-year study and presented results to the World Health Organization
in 2001, recommending that coverage of crucial health services
to the worldís poor would save millions of lives each year,
reduce poverty, spur economic development and promote global
The UCSF/UCB Institute for Global Health also led a major
evaluation of malaria control worldwide, which will be released
later this year.