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The GLOBAL FUND High-Level Panel Co-Chaired by former (1998-2008) Botswana President Festus Mogae and former (2005-2009) US Human and Health Services Secretary Mike Leavitt releases it's Report

Two ATLANTA DITC Board Members were part of the Global Fund High-Level Panel Support Team

Geneva, Switzerland (September 19, 2011)

 The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria High-Level Independent Review Panel on Fiduciary Controls and Oversight Mechanisms was established earlier this year after the mainstream media reported on the misappropriation of grant funds in some countries as detected by the OIG (Office of the Inspector General).   The High-Level Panel is co-chaired by former (1998-2008) President of Botswana Festus Mogae and former (2005-2009) U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt.   

Both President Mogae and Governor Leavitt appointed 5 members to the High-Level Panel, and they are:
Zeinab Bashir El Bakri, Director, Office of His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait and former Vice-President Sector Operations of the African Development Bank;
• Norbert Hauser, Germany’s Vice-President of the Federal Court of Audit;
• Gabriel Jaramillo, Chairman of the Sovereign Bank Board and Special Advisor at the United Nations Secretary-General Office of the Special Envoy for Malaria;
• The Honourable Barry O’Keefe, Consultant, Clayton UTZ Sydney and former Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (Australia);
• Claude Rubinowicz, Chief Executive for France’s Agence du patrimoine immatériel de l’État (APIE, Agency for Public Intangibles of France) and former Inspecteur Général des Finances.

The Panel also hired a team of seven consultants, including Dr. Marc-Daniel Gutekunst and Richard Butcher, known as the Panel Support Team to work on specific deliverables.
Since its creation in 2002, the Global Fund has become the main financier of programs to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, with approved funding of US$ 21.7 billion for more than 600 programs in 150 countries (as of 31 December 2010).  To date, programs supported by the Global Fund have saved 6.5 million lives by providing AIDS treatment for 3 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 7.7 million people and 160 million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria.  The Global Fund works in close collaboration with other bilateral and multilateral organizations to supplement existing efforts in dealing with the three diseases.