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Counterpart Hails New Leader of AIDS Fund
Eminent Caribbean family Physician, Dr. Carol Jacobs has been selected
as chair of The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (April 23, 2005) – "We applaud the international
community's choice of an eminent Caribbean family physician, Dr. Carol
Jacobs as chair of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria",
says head of an influential non-governmental organisation, based in Barbados.
Dr. Basil Springer, chairman of Counterpart Caribbean hailed the appointment
of Dr. Jacobs as a step forward in recognising "the professional
competence of Caribbean nationals, and especially our women who are increasingly
accepting and successfully executing decision-making roles across the
Caribbean and the world".
Dr. Carol Jacobs, a national of both Jamaica and Barbados, will receive
support from the new Vice-Chair Prof. Michel Kazatchkine, M.D., France's
Ambassador on HIV/AIDS and Transmissible Diseases.
She takes over the role of Chair from former U.S. Secretary of Health
and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson, while Prof. Kazatchkine succeeds
Dr Hélène Rossert-Blavier, the General Director of the French
The election took place at the Global Fund's 10th Board meeting in Geneva.
Dr. Jacobs is a graduate of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica,
with nine years' work experience in government service in Barbados (at
the Queen Elizabeth Hospital), before going into family practice in the
private sector. She has served as Chairman of the Barbados National HIV/AIDS
Commission since 2001, spearheading an expanded national response to HIV/AIDS.
She joined the Board of the Global Fund as the Board representative for
the Latin America and Caribbean Region in January 2004.
The Global Fund, a unique global public-private partnership dedicated
to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat
HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, elects a Board Chair and a Vice-Chair
for two-year terms.
"Dr. Jacobs' appointment is brilliant and right on time," declared
Lelei LeLaulu, President of Counterpart International which has featured
the Caribbean doctor in its Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism
(CMEx) to spread the urgency of the issue in the region. "She knows
the problem from the view of individuals and their communities as well
as recognizes the need to fight the disease on several fronts and regions
at the same time," added LeLaulu.